Neill Blomkamp quickly established himself as the go-to-guy for gritty, realistic science fiction. District 9 was certainly an impressive debut effort from the South African director, while Elysium, although less well received, only bolstered his science fiction credentials.
However, his next project, [Chappie](movie:466720) looks like it might do things slightly differently. Described as an action-comedy-drama, Chappie tells the story of a robot which is 'kidnapped' into a loving, doting family. From the sounds of things, the robot grows up with the mentality of a child - despite being a military grade piece of tech. Sony Pictures has just released a new poster and other artwork to coincide with the arrival of the San Diego Comic-Con. It certainly seems to set the tone nicely. Check it out below:
However, other Chappie illustrations have been appearing over San Diego. For example, GeekTyrant grabbed these images from the Hard Rock Hotel in San Diego:
While these also come courtesy of Blastr:
So far, we're not entirely sure who's playing who in the film. We know Blomkamp regular, Sharlto Copely, will be playing the title robot in what's been described as a "poor man's motion capture" suit, while Hugh Jackman and Sigourney Weaver have also been cast - perhaps as the mother and father of Chappie. We also know South African rapper duo Ninja and Yolandi Visser (better known as Die Antwoord) have also been cast - potentially as the villains of the piece - although there's the possibility they could also be the 'parents'. We'll have to wait and see.
Currently, Chappie isn't expected to have any official presence at the SDCC, although we can expect it in theaters from March 6, 2015.
The Chappie poster looks...