Sharlto Copley will not rest until South African is as known for science fiction as it is for Nelson Mandela and carjacking so prevalent it necessitated flamethrower cars. After hitting it big with District 9, the South African actor is now set to star in DJ Caruso's adaptation of I Am Number Four, based on the upcoming sci-fi young adult book of the same title:
Alex Pettyfer, a British actor making his American debut with "Beastly," is playing the title role of Four, 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 is playing a man who hailed from the alien world's serving class but now is the title character's adult guardian and mentor.
Sorry--to explain, every time I hear news about an "aliens hiding out in a high school" movie and it's not some super awful, ill-conceived adaptation of my favorite childhood book series, My Teacher is an Alien, I let out an audible sigh of relief. I'm looking into getting a cross necklace too, so I can also give that a deliberate kiss and raise it to the heavens appreciatively, which it seems like I've seen someone do before.