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Sharlto Copley in talks to star in the sci-fi film I Am Number Four

04.14.2010
Sharlto Copley continues reaping the benefits of his breakthrough performance in DISTRICT 9, one of last year's best films. He'll soon be seen in Joe Carnahan's THE A-TEAM as Howling Mad Murdock, and it now appears the native South African will eventually be returning to the sci-fi genre with a film called I AM NUMBER FOUR for director D.J. Caruso (EAGLE EYE, THE SALTON SEA) and producers Michael Bay and Steven Spielberg.

Copley would join British actor Alex Pettyfer (BEASTLY, ALEX RIDER: STORMBREAKER) who will be playing the title role of "Four". According to THR's Heat Vision blog, Four is "one of nine aliens who escape their home planet before its annihilation by a rival species and hide out on Earth disguised as human high schoolers." Copley plays a man originally from the alien world's serving class, but now acts as Four's adult guardian and mentor.

I AM NUMBER FOUR's script comes from "Smallville" creators Al Gough and Miles Millar. The film will be an adaptation of a series of young-adult books by James Frey and Jobie Hughes that will be released later this fall.

DreamWorks hopes to have the film released by February of next year.

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Extra Tidbit: THE A-TEAM marks Copley's first American movie.

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6:33PM on 05/06/2010

RIPOFF

This plot is blatant ripoff of the highly underrated TV series Roswell.
This plot is blatant ripoff of the highly underrated TV series Roswell.
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4:13PM on 04/14/2010
But will there be any fokken prawns?
But will there be any fokken prawns?
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1:18PM on 04/14/2010
Love the premise, love Sharlto Copley, and I am a huge fan of Smallville. Count me in!
Love the premise, love Sharlto Copley, and I am a huge fan of Smallville. Count me in!
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12:01PM on 04/14/2010
Like Copley, but this project reeks of CW teen crap.
Like Copley, but this project reeks of CW teen crap.
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11:54AM on 04/14/2010
Copley is a great actor with a lot of potential to be amazing, but with Gough and Millar behind this I don't particularly feel good about this movie.

I'll wait for further info before deciding.
Copley is a great actor with a lot of potential to be amazing, but with Gough and Millar behind this I don't particularly feel good about this movie.

I'll wait for further info before deciding.
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11:46AM on 04/14/2010

hmmm

I think Copely is awesome, and a great pick for Murdock. I don't really get this one though - returning to the alien genre but with seemingly weaker material?
I think Copely is awesome, and a great pick for Murdock. I don't really get this one though - returning to the alien genre but with seemingly weaker material?
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8:23AM on 04/14/2010
Hope Sharlto Copley doesn't get typecast. He's a talented dude and The A-Team, while I have my doubts about the end product, was a smart move for him to immediately break from the Sci-Fi genre. As cool as this project sounds, I'd hate to see Copley fall into a routine with alien pics. Sure, this is only number two, but it'd be 66% of his filmography -- not counting "Alive in Joburg," which is essentially D9.
Hope Sharlto Copley doesn't get typecast. He's a talented dude and The A-Team, while I have my doubts about the end product, was a smart move for him to immediately break from the Sci-Fi genre. As cool as this project sounds, I'd hate to see Copley fall into a routine with alien pics. Sure, this is only number two, but it'd be 66% of his filmography -- not counting "Alive in Joburg," which is essentially D9.
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