First Trailer for Dredd Will Drop on Thursday
06.18.12 by BJSprecher
After suffering through the painfully slow release of a mere handful of still images and set photos from director Pete Travis' (Vantage Point, Endgame) Dredd adaptation since the movie went into production in South Africa in November 2010, it looks like we're finally on the verge of seeing what Karl Urban looks like in motion as Judge Dredd, square-jawed dispenser of justice in the the chaotic future megalopolis known as Mega City One. Earlier today, Lionsgate used Twitter to give us a heads up that the first trailer for Dredd will finally be dropping later this week:
Prepare for judgment, #Dredd fans! @Machinima_com will premiere the 1st official trailer this Thursday. You excited?
Dredd is based on the popular British comic book character created by writer John Wagner and artist Carlos Ezquerra that first appeared in 2000 A.D. #2 (March 1977). The screenplay was written by Alex Garland (28 Days Later). Here's the synopsis:
The future America is an irradiated waste land. On its East Coast, running from Boston to Washington DC, lies Mega City One — a vast, violent metropolis where criminals rule the chaotic streets. The only force of order lies with the urban cops called "Judges" who possess the combined powers of judge, jury and instant executioner. Known and feared throughout the city, Dredd (Urban) is the ultimate Judge, challenged with ridding the city of its latest scourge — a dangerous drug epidemic that has users of "Slo-Mo" experiencing reality at a fraction of its normal speed.
During a routine day on the job, Dredd is assigned to train and evaluate Cassandra Anderson (Olivia Thirlby), a rookie with powerful psychic abilities thanks to a genetic mutation. A heinous crime calls them to a neighborhood where fellow Judges rarely dare to venture — a 200-story vertical slum controlled by prostitute turned drug lord Ma-Ma (Lena Heady) and her ruthless clan. When they capture one of the clan’s inner circle, Ma-Ma overtakes the compound’s control center and wages a dirty, vicious war against the Judges that proves she will stop at nothing to protect her empire. With the body count climbing and no way out, Dredd and Anderson must confront the odds and engage in the relentless battle for their survival.
Dredd also stars Langley Kirkwood as Judge Lex and Deobia Oparei as Judge T.J. Alvarez.