Hugh Jackman Joins Neill Blomkamp Film, Making Decision on ‘Houdini’ Musical

The “Wolverine” star has a full dance card

Hugh Jackman  has joined Neill Blomkamp‘s latest futuristic fable, “Chappie,” the actor said at the Zurich Film Festival last weekend.

The film centers on two gangsters who steal a robot to use to commit crimes. Sharlto Copley, who starred in Blomkamp’s “Elysium” and “District 9,” c0-stars as the voice of the eponymous robot.

“I am doing a role in Neill’s new film, called Chappie, which we shoot in Johannesburg. I’m there for a couple of weeks at the beginning of next year,” Jackman said, according to a report in Screen Daily.

Jackman was in Zurich to pick up a lifetime achievement award for his work on stage and screen. A spokesman for the actor did not immediately respond to a request for comment.

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The actor also said he would make a decision about whether or not to return to Broadway in the musical “Houdini” in the next month. The play about the famous showman recently underwent a third workshop. Stephen Schwartz (“Wicked”) is composing the music to the play, but a replacement has yet to be named for his main collaborator Aaron Sorkin. “The Social Network” writer left the project last winter.

Jackman is riding a wave of critical raves for his performance as a vengeful father in “Prisoners.” He next reprises his role as Wolverine in “X-Men: Days of Future Past.”