Sharlto Copley Takes A “Number Four”

“District 9” star Sharlto Copley is in talks to join the sci-fi novel adaptation “I Am Number Four” for DreamWorks Pictures says Heat Vision.

Based on the novel series by James Frey and Jobie Hughes, the story follows nine aliens who flee to Earth disguised as teenagers. The main character (Alex Pettyfer) soon learns the enemy alien race that caused them to abandon their home planet are still hunting them.

Copley plays a former member of the alien world’s serving class who has become the adult guardian and mentor to the titular No. 4.

D.J. Caruso directs from a script by Al Gough and Miles Millar. Michael Bay and Steven Spielberg are producing.