Neil Blomkamp is already working on his third feature, Chappie, a scifi comedy that will follow up his impending Elysium. We’ve finally got a (great, if unsubtle) look at that film, and now Chappie is starting to shape up. The news today is that the film’s leads have been cast and they are… Ninja and Yo-landi Vi$$er.
Either your eyes just glazed over or your brain just exploded, and it all depends on if you’re familiar with the bug-fuck crazy South African rap duo Die Antwoord.
I feel stupid for not pulling the trigger on the RLMVs column I’ve been planning for this groups videos for ages [EDIT: But now I have, and it's right here], but basically the two make aggressive rave or “zef” rap. “Zef” is a sort of white trash, poverty chic counter-culture stemming form South Africa and largely spread by Antwoord.
You’re most likely to recognize Yolanda Vi$$er’s unique style, as David Fincher appropriated it for his Girl (the one with that tattoo of a dragon) after briefly flirting with casting the rapper outright.
In any event, Blompkamp has made the batshit pair the leads of a $50m scifi comedy. I barely know hot to process that, but it’s pretty spectacular nonetheless.
Source | Channel 42
Props to Paul C on the boards spotting this several days ago on a site I’m not capable of reading.