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Lena Headey Talks Dredd
'It's so dirty and dark...'

08 May 2012  |  Written by James White  |  Source: LA Times

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We’ve gotten used to seeing Lena Headey as the blonde-tressed, scheming Cersei Lannister on Game Of Thrones, but later this year she’ll crop up as a very different, yet similarly steely female character in Dredd. And now she’s talked up the movie to the LA Times’ Hero Complex column.

Dredd promises to restore the character to the grittier, meaner tone originated in 2000 AD and while there has been recent troubling buzz about editing room disputes and credit changes – buzz which was later shot down – we haven’t heard that many people talking about it. Still, it appears that Headey thinks it’ll be impressive on screen.

“The world feels really British, and I don’t know if that’s because it’s so dirty and dark,” Headey says. “And it’s... violent. Just in terms of gunplay, they’re not afraid to show blood and gunshot wounds. And it’s set up in this concrete sort of shanty town — it’s shanty but they’re blocks — concrete favelas.”

Sounds more Dredd-like already. And as for Ma-Ma, who was originally conceived as an older woman, but aged down when Headey impressed the likes of writer-producer Alex Garland, she’s definitely got a unique take on her...

“I think of her like an old Great White shark who is just waiting for someone bigger and stronger to show up and kill her,” Headey says. “She’s ready for it. In fact, she can’t wait for it to happen. And yet no-one can get the job done. She’s an addict, so she’s dead in that way, but that last knock just hasn’t come. This big, fat, scarred shark moving through the sea and everyone flees and she’s like, ‘Will someone just have the balls to do it? Please?‘”

With Karl Urban as the gun-toting anti-hero and Olivia Thirlby as rookie Cassandra Anderson, Dredd is out here on September 7. For more from Headey, head over to the LA Times site.


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Bring in Judge Death and I'll be interested. More

Posted by dgribble at 22:33 on 08 May 2012 | Report This Post

Villian?
Have they stated who the main villian is yet? Here's hoping for the four Dark J's or at least Mean. More

Posted by Mooks at 18:04 on 08 May 2012 | Report This Post

Villian?
Have they stated who the main villian is yet? Here's hoping for the four Dark J's or at least Mean. More

Posted by Mooks at 18:04 on 08 May 2012 | Report This Post

Villian?
Have they stated who the main villian is yet? Here's hoping for the four Dark J's or at least Mean. More

Posted by Mooks at 18:04 on 08 May 2012 | Report This Post

Villian?
Have they stated who the main villian is yet? Here's hoping for the four Dark J's or at least Mean. More

Posted by Mooks at 18:04 on 08 May 2012 | Report This Post

The absence of any recent promotional media for this movie...
Does'nt instill much confidence. Sounds like the edit didn't come together and the clunky design work (decidedly non futuristic) suggests the sprawl of Megacity one and Justice vehicles fell foul of a limited budget. I hope I'm wrong, really want Dredd to succeed - but DNA, Reliance and Lionsgate are still sitting on their hands with this one, we need a trailer and soon! More

Posted by killakane at 13:44 on 08 May 2012 | Report This Post

A little worrying....part 2
Morehumanthanhuman you have articulated my fears. If you spend $40 million on a project and don't want to hype it , it does lead thoughts that maybe the project hasn't worked. Happy to keep an open mind but hard to keep the faith. More

Posted by twiddle at 10:38 on 08 May 2012 | Report This Post

A little worrying....part 2
Morehumanthanhuman you have articulated my fears. If you spend $40 million on a project and don't want to hype it , it does lead thoughts that maybe the project hasn't worked. Happy to keep an open mind but hard to keep the faith. More

Posted by twiddle at 10:38 on 08 May 2012 | Report This Post

A little worrying..................
I agree with twiddle. Although I hate the hype machine they roll out for big movies, no advertising or trailers at all isa little worrying. Could it be this going to be terrible. Hope not, but with nothing pushing the film I had actually forgotten it was even coming out. More

Posted by Morehumanthanhuman at 10:15 on 08 May 2012 | Report This Post

Where's the trailer?
With 4 months to go shouldn't we be able to see a trailer? Or a poster? Or a website for the film (rather than comic). What's on the net is sparse so close to the actual release. The film may or may not be great but the marketing team have definitely failed and should be sent to the cursed earth. More

Posted by twiddle at 10:00 on 08 May 2012 | Report This Post

not drok
bought my first 2000 ad box of comics at a 1970s school jumble sale and loved dredd ever since. here's hoping they include Gripper Stebson towers! More

Posted by leroythemasochist at 08:30 on 08 May 2012 | Report This Post

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