Karl Urban Lays Down the Law in New Still Images from Dredd
07.20.12 by BJSprecher
Judge Dredd is a hugely important comic book character in Great Britain, where his exploits as judge, jury and executioner of the futuristic megalopolis Mega City One have been in print since March of 1977, but to most Americans he is the dim-witted, somewhat sappy future cop played by Sylvester Stallone in the wish-we-could-forget-it 1995 Judge Dredd movie. Kiwi actor Karl Urban (Star Trek) is aware of the stigma attached to the character in America, which is why he's been taking every opportunity to distance the Judge Dredd he plays in director Pete Travis' (Vantage Point, Endgame) Dredd, with Stallone's version. In an interview with MTV conducted during the recent San Diego Comic-Con (SDCC), Urban pulled no punches about the differences between the movies, adding that he doesn't "give a damn" what Stallone thinks.
I think it's a difference of if you like your heroes wearing lycra and gold cod pieces, then his film's the one for you. If you like a badass movie where your heroes are real and wearing leather motorbike suits and body armor and hard-core, gritty, pull-no-punches, this is the movie for you.
Dredd made its worldwide debut at SDCC last week and it was received with thunderous applause. Check out the gritty new still images from the movie and see for yourself why Urban isn't too worried about people confusing his take on the character with Stallone's
Dredd was produced by Academy Award-winning director Danny Boyle's (Slumdog Millionaire) DNA Films. It was written by Alex Garland (28 Days Later). The cast includes Olivia Thirlby as Judge Cassandra Anderson, Langley Kirkwood as Judge Lex and Deobia Oparei as Judge T.J. Alvarez and Lena Heady as Ma-Ma.