Neill Blomkamp is one of the more intriguing directors out there. “District 9” was great. “Elysium” starring Matt Damon and Jodie Foster looks great as well. Now he’s developing a sci-fi comedy called “Chappie”, which sees a force of robots used to help police and develop slum nations around the world. And now  comes reports that Dev Patel, star of “Slumdog Millionaire” and who also appeared in HBO’s “The Newsroom” is set to star in the human role. Sharlto Copley is also set to star. I like Patel, when he’s not doing films like “The Last Airbender”. He really is a good dramatic actor.

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