District 9's star on playing the straight man to aliens

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Dec 14, 2012, 3:54 PM EST

We spoke with star Sharlto Copley and director Neill Blomkamp about their upcoming sci-fi drama District 9 and you can watch it right here.

The movie deals with the arrival of a million insectoid aliens, derisively called "Prawns," in a massive ship over Johannesburg, South Africa, and the uneasy coexistence 28 years later between humans and aliens who live in the grinding poverty and violence of a township-like camp. The action is set in motion by a low-level bureaucrat, played by newcomer Copley, who heads an armed force that enters the slum, District 9, to make way for a forced relocation of the aliens. When things take an unexpected turn, Copley's Wikus van der Merwe finds his life turned upside down, and he is forced to question his assumptions and forge an uneasy alliance with an alien and his young son.

District 9 opens Aug. 14.