Neill Blomkamp’s Elysium has spawned many geeky debates since its first reviews came online, with many people expecting the next District 9. It does seem like there is some disappointment that it seems to be a much more straight-forward sci-fi actioner but as far as I can see, that is one of the only criticisms against the film.
While I will reserve judgement until I see it for myself, I am almost ecstatic at the prospect of watching Blomkamp’s particular flavour of gritty sci-fi action as soon as I can. Well, the box office agrees as Elysium opened at #1 this weekend in the States and a few other countries and this is good news for his next project, a sci-fi comedy called Chappie.
Based on a screenplay he wrote with District 9 co-scribe Terri Tatchell, Chappie will tell the story of n robot with artificial intelligence who gets robot-napped by two gangsters who have devious plans in mind for it. What excited me most regarding this project though is who has been cast as the two gangsters: Zef rappers Yolandi Visser and Ninja, with Blomkamp frequent collaborator Sharlto Copley providing the voice for Chappie.
Holy zef-rave, Batman! While Yolandi Visser has been quite vocal about starring in a Blomkamp film for years now, I am extremely enthusiastic that this project is moving forward. Die Antwoord love being in front of the camera, and while they have nothing more than a few self-scribed short films and music videos to show for their acting abilities, I have a strong suspicion that this is going to be unlike anything we have ever seen before.
Love them or hate them, Die Antwoord are a worldwide phenomenon and Chappie is definitely set to get the tongues wagging. As a fan of Yolandi and Ninja (as well as Sharlto and Mr. Blomkamp), I can’t wait.
For now, here’s a (NSFW, as always) music video from Die Antwoord with Yolandi Visser proclaiming that Neill Blomkamp will make her a movie star. Judging from her (and Ninja’s) on-screen charisma, I think she has a very good point.
Last Updated: August 14, 2013
August 14, 2013 at 12:42
I dunno man. I trust Blomkamp immensely after District 9 and I am really enthusiastic about Elysium but Die Antwoord are a different prospect. I am amazed at what they have achieved with their particular brand of rap and their music is actually very good imo but to take a chance on unknown actors for only his third movie could go either way. Although when I first read about District 9 I wasn’t impressed but was suitably blown away by the end product.