This is what Hugh Jackman’s face looks like when he’s told you something he shouldn’t have. I wish the camera on my side had been rolling so you could have seen the excitement on my face when I heard it.
At the Toronto Film Festival earlier this month, Hugh told me he was going to be working with Neill Blomkamp on Chappie.
I gasped in excitement, and he went, ‘oops!’, and then checked his phone to see if he could go public with the news…
Now, after a press con at the Zurich Film Fest, it’s all a-go. Hugh is due to head to South Africa at the beginning of next year to film Chappie with Sharlto Copley, Die Antwoord and possibly Dev Patel. And I’m still gasping in excitement – but now, everyone can join me.
It’s, of course, not the first time the Aussie star has worked with a South African – as Gavin Hood and X-Men Origins: Wolverine attest. His Prisoners co-star Jake Gyllenhaal also worked with Gavin, on Rendition. So they don’t just have stellar performances in this new thriller in common. What does separate them, is that Hugh has met South Africa’s first democratically-elected president – whom he told me was an inspiration in his Oscar-nominated performance of Les Miserables‘ Jean Valjean.
Prisoners comes out in South Africa October 13, while Chappie is due out around March next year.