The director rolled cameras in Johannesburg at the end of last year, with a cast that includes Hugh Jackman (The Wolverine), Sigourney Weaver (Avatar), Sharlto Copley (District 9), Dev Patel (Slumdog Millionaire), Jose Pablo Cantillo (Crank: High Voltage), Ninja, Yolandi Visser and Brandon Auret (Elysium), who is voicing the main character.
Chappie, penned by Blomkamp and his old District 9 co-writer Terri Tatchell, sees the title character kidnapped at birth by two gangsters and becoming the adopted son of a strange, dysfunctional family. He's a preternaturally gifted prodigy who happens to be a robot.
How that all parlays into the story remains to be seen, but Blomkamp is promising strong visuals and plenty of comedy. "District 9, Elysium and Chappie were all born out of some visual concept first," he told Empire Online back in 2012. "Chappie is the imagery, because I think I'm a visual person first, of this ridiculous robot character. It's much more comedy based, and in an unusual setting."
Chappie will make its bow in the UK cinemas on 6 March 2015.