It’s safe to say that South African zef rap group Die Antwoord, consisting of rappers Ninja and Yo-Landi Visser, is one of the weirdest acts to grace the genre in a minute, but it was this eccentricity that caught the eye of science fiction director and fellow South African Neill Blomkamp (District 9, Elysium) and convinced him that they should be characters in his latest flick Chappie.
Chappie is the story of the titular character (voice and mo-capped by Sharlto Copley), an experimental police robot who can learn and feel, who is captured by a scrappy band of rebels, including Die Antwoord playing more or less themselves, who bring him up in the ways of zef and to fight for their cause. Blomkamp had them specifically in mind for this role, in what Ninja refers to as “a dream come true for us.”
Like Blomkamp’s two other features, Chappie is a story of upheaval and rebellion draped in a sci-fi cape, and as tacky as they may be on their own, it’ll definitely be interesting to see how their influence pans out when Chappie is released in theaters on March 6th, 2014. Check out the featurette above.
Chappie stars Sharlto Copley, Dev Patal Hugh Jackman, Sigourney Weaver, Watkin Tudor “Ninja” Jones, Yolandi Visser, and Jose Pablo Cantillo.