Karl Urban is "The Law" in New 60-Second Dredd Trailer
08.25.12 by BJSprecher
Every time new footage from director Pete Travis' (Vantage Point) Dredd adaptation is released, we get more and more excited to see Karl Urban (Stark Trek) embody Britain's greatest comic book creation. Granted, the new 60-second trailer that was just released only contains a few scant seconds of new footage, but almost all of it features Urban's scowling mug and we even get to hear him growl Judge Dredd's signature phrase, "I am the law." And, so far, Urban has been true to his word, not appearing in even a single frame of the movie sans Judge Dredd's iconic helmet, unlike Sylvester Stallone, who went through most of the Dredd-ful 1995 movie without his helmet.
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 a partial synopsis:
During a routine day on the job, Dredd (Urban) 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 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.