Dev Patel is in early talks to come on board Neill Blomkamp’s science-fiction project “Chappie” opposite Sharlto Copley.

MRC is financing and Simon Kinberg is producing. Blomkamp is directing from a script he wrote with Terri Tatchell.

“Chappie” would be the third teaming for Copley and Blomkamp following “District 9” and the upcoming “Elysium,” which MRC is also financing.

“Chappie” is based on “Tetra Vaal,” a short film about a robot police force patrolling the slums of South Africa.

Copley would play the police robot and Patel will play a man in the impoverished town.

Patel will be seen next in HBO’s “The Newsroom,” which premieres Sunday. He’s repped by UTA.