Sharlto Copley to Direct “Sapien Safari” With QC Entertainment

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QC Entertainment has committed to finance , the directorial debut of actor , who will also star in the film.

“Sharlto is an artist who brings a rare blend of wit, depth and unabashed enthusiasm to everything he takes on,” said QC’s McKittrick, Mansfield, and Hamm. “We were immediately all in on partnering with Sharlto on his wildly imaginative and unique vision for a social comedy.”

Copley wrote the script for Sapien Safari, a social comedy that focuses on alien naturalist Riblik, the Steve Irwin of the galaxy, who faces an uphill battle to convince the green new owner of Earth that its dominant wildlife species is worth protecting.

“In an increasingly risk-averse environment, the team at QC have been an enormous blessing.” Copley said in a statement. “They have an eye for bold, edgy and original material with commercial potential. Once on board, they wholeheartedly back the filmmaker. One can’t ask for more.”

The news comes after QC Entertainment partners Sean McKittrick, Ray Mansfield and Edward H. Hamm Jr. staked Jordan Peele’s feature directorial debut Get Out.

Copley is a veteran actor whose credits include District 9, Maleficient, Oldboy, Elysium, and Hardcore Henry. He can be seen next in Gringo opposite David Oyelowo, Charlize Theron, and Joel Edgerton.  He is represented by and .

This was first reported by Deadline.

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