I’m placing a lot of faith in the new production of Dredd, the second adaptation of the classic comic book Judge Dredd. It’s shown promise — Karl Urban cast as Judge Dredd, Olivia Thirlby as Judge Anderson, the director, writer (Alex Garland of 28 Days Later) and producers all swearing that the helmet won’t come off, and what appears to be a dedication to the source material. Pete Travis (Vantage Point), the director, is a bit of an x-factor, but still, the early signs are relatively positive.
Plus, no Rob Schneider, that shit brained movie-raping ball-gargler. DIE.
Anyway, the latest news is that Lena Headey (300, “The Sarah Connor Chronicles”) has been cast as Madeline Madrigal, aka Ma-Ma, the leader of one of Mega City One’s vicious gangs. Frankly, I’m thrilled, and not just because Headey is lovely to look at. She seems to be an excellent actress who hasn’t really gotten many truly great parts, so anything that gets her more attention is a good thing.
Here’s a little official info for those who are curious:
DREDD takes us to the wild streets of Mega City One, the lone oasis of quasi-civilization on Cursed Earth. Judge Dredd (Karl Urban) is the most feared of elite Street Judges, with the power to enforce the law, sentence offenders and execute them on the spot - if necessary. The endlessly inventive mind of writer Alex Garland and the frenetic vision of director Peter Travis bring DREDD to life as a futuristic neo-noir action film that returns the celebrated character to the dark, visceral incarnation from John Wagner and Carlos Ezquerra’s revered comic strip.
Whether Headey’s part is the main villain or not remains to be seen, but either way, it’s good news.
Anything’s better than this, right?