San Diego Comic-Con hasn't even started yet, and already images from the convention center are starting to appear online.
One of the first is a series of shots taken by Collider of a poster for Chappie, the new movie coming next year from District 9 and Elysium writer/director Neill Blomkamp. As you can see from the photos (Collider editor Steve "Frosty" Weintraub notes that it was difficult to snap the whole thing at once), the poster gives us our first look at the title robot, as well as some childlike drawings of Chappie, "Mommy," and a rather sinister-looking "Daddy" that hint at the tone of dark humor that Blomkamp is going for this time around.
All we know about the movie is that the plot has something to do with two criminals who steal Chappie, but it does mark a return to both South Africa and his lower-budget roots after Blomkamp went for spectacle with the underperforming Elysium. Producer Simon Kinberg has also called Chappie "the most provocative studio movie you'll likely ever see," so my guess is that there's a lot more going on here that we don't know about yet.
Chappie stars Hugh Jackman, Sigourney Weaver, Sharlto Copley as the voice of Chappie and vocalists Ninja and Yolandi Visser of South African rap combo Die Antwoord. The movie doesn't open until next March 27, but if you're headed down to San Diego this week, look for the poster -- and maybe more -- at Comic-Con.
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