Dev Patel eyes role in new sci-fi film from ‘District 9’ director Neill Blomkamp

'Slumdog Millionaire' star is apparently 'in early talks' to star in Blomkamp's next film 'Chappie'

Dev Patel is “in early talks” to star in the next film from District 9 director Neill Blomkamp, says The Hollywood Reporter.

The sci-fi film, titled Chappie, follows a robotic police force patrolling the slums of South Africa. It’s apparently based on Blomkamp’s 2004 short film Tetra Vaal but exact plot details are being kept under wraps.

Patel would play a young man living in the slums – a role with echoes of his break-out performance in Danny Boyle’s Oscar-winning Slumdog Millionaire. Sharlto Copley, who’s appeared in both of Blomkamp’s previous movies, is already on board and will play one of the robot police officers.

Writer-director Blomkamp made his big screen debut with 2009’s District 9, an acclaimed sci-fi film which became a surprise hit at the box office. Made for just $30 million (£20 million) with a relatively unknown cast, it went on to gross over $210 million (£140 million) worldwide.

Blomkamp’s upcoming second movie, Elysium, is another sci-fi film made on a much larger budget of around $120 million (£80 million). It stars Matt Damon and Jodie Foster and opens in cinemas on August 23. Scroll down and click ‘play’ to watch the trailer.

Meanwhile, Patel will shortly be seen in season two of Aaron Sorkin’s TV drama The Newsroom, which premieres on US network HBO on July 14.