Dev Patel In Early Talks For Neill Blomkamp’s CHAPPIE

By Jul 9, 2013 Comment (0)

Dev Patel

The Slumdog Millionaire star Dev Patel is reportedly in early talks for the lead in Neill Blomkamp‘s sci-fi comedy Chappie.

The British actor could play the human lead opposite Blomkamp’s frequent collaborator, Sharlto Copley, who’s been attached to play a robot for months.

Elysium follow-up Chappie is based on a short South African filmmaker made in 2004, entitled Tetra Vaal, a fake advertisement for a robotic police force patrolling the rundown towns while Patel would play a young man living in one of these impoverished places.

Blomkamp said of the film last year:

It’s like a fundamentally more simple story, a comedy, a heartfelt story, in a science fiction setting. And it’s fucking hilarious, it’s a really cool film. I can say that with confidence… It’s a smaller film, a more esoteric one.

Patel’s roles have been rather few and far between, most notably in The Last Airbender and The Best Exotic Marigold Hotel. He’s currently a series regular on Aaron Sorkin’s ‘The Newsroom’ (HBO), which returns for its second season on July 14th.

Check out the video for Tetra Vaal below.

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