Sony Pictures Entertainment and MRC have begun production in Johannesburg, South Africa on ‘Chappie,’ the next film from writer-director Neill Blomkamp. Blomkamp will direct ‘Chappie’ from a screenplay he has penned with Terri Tatchell. He will also produce the film with Simon Kinberg. Blomkamp’s latest film with MRC and Sony Pictures, ‘Elysium’, starring Matt Damon and Jodie Foster, has grossed an estimated $283 million worldwide to date.

The brief plot synopsis for ‘Chappie’ is as follows: “After being kidnapped by two criminals during birth, Chappie becomes the adopted son in a strange and dysfunctional family. Chappie is preternaturally gifted, one of a kind, a prodigy. He also happens to be a robot.” The film will star Sharlto Copley as the voice of Chappie, Hugh Jackman, Dev Patel, Sigourney Weaver, Ninja, Yolandi Visser, Jose Pablo Cantillo and Brandon Auret. ‘Chappie’ is set for March 27th, 2015.