Karl Urban Is "The Law" in Judge Dredd Reboot
07.28.10 by BrentJS
Up-and-coming actor Karl Urban, who made an appearance last week at the San Diego Comic-Con in support of his new comic book-based movie, RED, recently told ReelzChannel's Steve Patterson that it was looking good for him to star in producer Danny Boyle's planned live-action Judge Dredd reboot. Urban has now confirmed that he has officially landed the role by telling the host of the TV3 show Reel Late with Kate (via 3News), "I am the law," a line borrowed from the 2000 A.D. comic books in which Judge Dredd first appeared.
Urban said that he is "thrilled to bits" to have landed the role that was first brought to life on screen by Sylvester Stallone. Boyle's DNA films is producing Judge Dredd, with financing from Reliance BIG Pictures, and it will completely reboot the property, going back to the source material that made the character popular. Back in January, creator John Wagner, who said that he "hated" the plot of Stallone's 1995 movie, called the new Judge Dredd script written by Alex Garland (Sunshine) "high-octane, edge-of-the-seat stuff," and a "truer representation" of the real Judge Dredd. Pete Travis (Endgame) is attached to direct.