Before 'District 9' became a surprise smash hit, and later an Academy Award nominee for Best Picture, the names Neill Blomkamp and Sharlto Copley (pictured above, left to right) might have drawn blank stares if raised in conversation. Since then, however, the director and star of the "hellaciously entertaining" alien invasion picture (in the words of yours truly) have become hot properties. Copley appeared as Murdock in last summer's 'The A-Team,' while Blomkamp has been linked to "everything from music video possibilities to sequels, prequels and Hobbits," as our own Monika Bartyzel reported recently.
In June we heard that Blomkamp was hard at work on his new science fiction flick, titled 'Elysium,' and now Deadline is reporting that Copley has been cast. Blomkamp and Media Rights Capital (MRC) are meeting with potential distributors. MRC committed to funding Blomkamp's project, then untitled, more than a year ago and pledged to give him complete creative freedom. At the time, they indicated that the film would be modestly-budgeted but would certainly cost more than the $30 million spent on the production of 'District 9.'