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Karl Urban will be the Law in the new Judge Dredd movie

Aug. 13, 2010by: Dave Davis

UPDATE: Empire confirms that Karl Urban will indeed be wearing the famous  head-bucket, and that the producers plan to make "a very hard, R-rated, gritty, realistic movie of Dredd".

7.21.10: After being kicked around the Cursed Earth by Sylvester Stallone, futuristic lawman JUDGE DREDD is on his way back to heaters.

A different actor will be slipping on the helmet (and keeping it on this time, remaining true to the character's comic history). Bleeding Cool claims that man will be Karl Urban, who they say has been "offered the role".

Urban certainly has plenty of geek cred, looking at a quick rundown of his genre work: STAR TREK, LORD OF THE RINGS, CHRONICLES OF RIDDICK, DOOM, "Xena: Warrior Princess", and the upcoming comic adaptations RED and PRIEST. Seems like a decent choice to me, but what say you?

The $50 million 3D production will be directed by Pete Travis (VANTAGE POINT) from a script by Alex Garland (SUNSHINE, 28 DAYS LATER). The story was described in a recent review at The Playlist as like "DIE HARD taking place within the world of BLADE RUNNER", with Dredd battling gangs and drug dealers in Mega City One.

Extra Tidbit: No Judge Death? What a pisser.
Source: Bleeding CoolEmpire

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5:47PM on 08/16/2010

NICE!!

Read this screenplay a few weeks ago. It totally kicked ass. Best action/scifi script I've read in a while. With Karl Urban and a Hard-R rating, this movie is rapidly making it's way to the top of my most anticipated list.
Read this screenplay a few weeks ago. It totally kicked ass. Best action/scifi script I've read in a while. With Karl Urban and a Hard-R rating, this movie is rapidly making it's way to the top of my most anticipated list.
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12:45PM on 08/16/2010
a very good casting choice!!
a very good casting choice!!
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9:26AM on 08/16/2010

R is the way to go

The only thing is... Karl Urban doesn't seem to have the epic chin.
The only thing is... Karl Urban doesn't seem to have the epic chin.
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6:29AM on 08/16/2010

awesome

been waiting for new Dredd movie for ages
been waiting for new Dredd movie for ages
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2:57AM on 08/16/2010

Nice

I think Urban works,especially since we're only going to be seeing his chin, and listening to him yell about law and whatnot. A lot of folks don't know Dredd except for the Stallone flick, which is hardly anything like the actual strip. Here's hoping this one owns, and maybe we'll get Judge Death in the sequel.
I think Urban works,especially since we're only going to be seeing his chin, and listening to him yell about law and whatnot. A lot of folks don't know Dredd except for the Stallone flick, which is hardly anything like the actual strip. Here's hoping this one owns, and maybe we'll get Judge Death in the sequel.
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4:11AM on 08/15/2010
wow, best news ever. hard r rated grittiness, count me in (I like the original btw, wtf is everyones deal on that?!)
wow, best news ever. hard r rated grittiness, count me in (I like the original btw, wtf is everyones deal on that?!)
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2:09AM on 08/15/2010

Gas.

Urban isn't bad, at least he's not a terrible actor, but Judge Dredd he is not.

The original film was a guilty pleasure. It's not great, but man somehow it was still more fun than a lot of movies nowadays. The mech was awesome, so was Mean Machine.

This film sounds cool, and more in line with the 2000AD comics I remember... though to be fair that was 15-20 years ago. Oy.
Urban isn't bad, at least he's not a terrible actor, but Judge Dredd he is not.

The original film was a guilty pleasure. It's not great, but man somehow it was still more fun than a lot of movies nowadays. The mech was awesome, so was Mean Machine.

This film sounds cool, and more in line with the 2000AD comics I remember... though to be fair that was 15-20 years ago. Oy.
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8:19PM on 08/14/2010
Urban is certainly not the worst choice. The writer is good, the creator of the character is involved, and the director seems competent enough. That's great news. And that it's gonna be gritty too. I hope its gritty with black humour though, and not too bleak. But I still think Dolph would have been more like Dredd had stepped right out of the comic page.
Urban is certainly not the worst choice. The writer is good, the creator of the character is involved, and the director seems competent enough. That's great news. And that it's gonna be gritty too. I hope its gritty with black humour though, and not too bleak. But I still think Dolph would have been more like Dredd had stepped right out of the comic page.
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5:13PM on 08/14/2010
Karl Urban for Bond, there I said it ;)
Karl Urban for Bond, there I said it ;)
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3:47PM on 08/14/2010
I like Karl Urban hopefully this project will get him more attention and hopefully lead him to better material.
I like Karl Urban hopefully this project will get him more attention and hopefully lead him to better material.
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3:24PM on 08/14/2010

makes me warm N' fuzzy

Karl Urban, Alex Garland, a hard R-Rating all wrapped up in the character of Judge Dredd!!! Oh Baby! This is good news. This is good news day son.
Karl Urban, Alex Garland, a hard R-Rating all wrapped up in the character of Judge Dredd!!! Oh Baby! This is good news. This is good news day son.
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3:17PM on 08/14/2010
Fuck this shit. No Judge Death, in 3D, starring Karl Urban. As far as I'm concerned, they may as well give that $50 million to charity instead of dumping it down the shitter with this plan in place.
Fuck this shit. No Judge Death, in 3D, starring Karl Urban. As far as I'm concerned, they may as well give that $50 million to charity instead of dumping it down the shitter with this plan in place.
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12:55PM on 08/14/2010
Am I the only one who thinks he was the best villian in the Bourne franchise, as the assisian in Bourne Supremacy? This is great casting news, I just hope the film doesn't turn into another Punisher War Zone type flick.
Am I the only one who thinks he was the best villian in the Bourne franchise, as the assisian in Bourne Supremacy? This is great casting news, I just hope the film doesn't turn into another Punisher War Zone type flick.
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12:45PM on 08/14/2010

Please keep the R

I always liked Karl Urban, even in his shittier movies. I have faith that with a good director he could be the Judge Dredd that we always wanted.
I always liked Karl Urban, even in his shittier movies. I have faith that with a good director he could be the Judge Dredd that we always wanted.
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12:37PM on 08/14/2010
Urban as Dredd... Good news
no judge Death... Not so good, but as someone wrote earlier, they'll probably tease him at the end, for a sequel.
let's hope they will keep the R rating, but I'm afraid they will go with a PG 13 in the end, saying they will put the R for the DVD... It's just business logic !
Urban as Dredd... Good news
no judge Death... Not so good, but as someone wrote earlier, they'll probably tease him at the end, for a sequel.
let's hope they will keep the R rating, but I'm afraid they will go with a PG 13 in the end, saying they will put the R for the DVD... It's just business logic !
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11:56AM on 08/14/2010

I am the LAW!

As long as this line is used and he punches through peoples torsos in a hard R movie I will go see it.
As long as this line is used and he punches through peoples torsos in a hard R movie I will go see it.
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8:08AM on 08/14/2010

meh....

karl urban? meh. no judge death? sucks. big fan of the original with sly. totally numb to this.
karl urban? meh. no judge death? sucks. big fan of the original with sly. totally numb to this.
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7:55AM on 08/14/2010
Great news! Here's hoping they do this right.
Great news! Here's hoping they do this right.
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7:38AM on 08/14/2010
Sounds bad ass and Karl Urban is a good choice.
Sounds bad ass and Karl Urban is a good choice.
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5:44AM on 08/14/2010
hmmmm? not sold until I see a trailer. It sounds cool though. They should give Stallone a cameo!
hmmmm? not sold until I see a trailer. It sounds cool though. They should give Stallone a cameo!
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4:52AM on 08/14/2010
Karl Urban is really not an actor I can connect to on the screen. Still I have faith in this with Alex Garland writing the script. Die hard/bladerunner mix sounds awesome!
Karl Urban is really not an actor I can connect to on the screen. Still I have faith in this with Alex Garland writing the script. Die hard/bladerunner mix sounds awesome!
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9:55AM on 08/16/2010
Yeah, who is Urban anyway...
Yeah, who is Urban anyway...
10:16AM on 08/16/2010
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3:54AM on 08/14/2010
Not a big fan of Judge Dredd but Karl Urban is great and Im glad he is getting more solo work
Not a big fan of Judge Dredd but Karl Urban is great and Im glad he is getting more solo work
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2:18AM on 08/14/2010

Better director please?

Like how about Duncan Jones (director of Moon and the upcoming Source Code) I know he has expressed a lot of interest in directing a Judge Dredd film. And after Moon... I'd think he could create a world closer to Blade Runner than the director of Vantage Point.

As for a script by Garland- thats awesome!

And Karl Urban as Dredd... Perfect!
Like how about Duncan Jones (director of Moon and the upcoming Source Code) I know he has expressed a lot of interest in directing a Judge Dredd film. And after Moon... I'd think he could create a world closer to Blade Runner than the director of Vantage Point.

As for a script by Garland- thats awesome!

And Karl Urban as Dredd... Perfect!
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1:16AM on 08/14/2010
Wow, I'm excited for Judge Dredd, who would have thought?!
Wow, I'm excited for Judge Dredd, who would have thought?!
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10:59PM on 08/13/2010

Nice!

Man, Mr. Urban doesn't play around these days. I'm actually looking forward to this now!
Man, Mr. Urban doesn't play around these days. I'm actually looking forward to this now!
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10:37PM on 08/13/2010

Karl Urban seems to be on a roll..

He's always seemed to be an action/sci fi genre star in the making. It seems like he might just be getting his due finally.
He's always seemed to be an action/sci fi genre star in the making. It seems like he might just be getting his due finally.
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9:46PM on 08/13/2010
Looks like Colin Ferrell in that picture. Two of them could be brothers in a movie.
Looks like Colin Ferrell in that picture. Two of them could be brothers in a movie.
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9:19PM on 08/13/2010

Die Hard meets Blade Runner

I never thought a combination could sound so good. I'm excited, but mostly because of who's written the screenplay.
I never thought a combination could sound so good. I'm excited, but mostly because of who's written the screenplay.
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9:18PM on 08/13/2010
Great casting. This a remake I can get behind.

And Holy Crap, it's going to be Rated-R.
Great casting. This a remake I can get behind.

And Holy Crap, it's going to be Rated-R.
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9:16PM on 08/13/2010

Perfect!

I can definitely See Karl doing the character very well.
I can definitely See Karl doing the character very well.
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9:07PM on 08/13/2010
Nice, Urban is a really good actor.
Nice, Urban is a really good actor.
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9:05PM on 08/13/2010
Fucking A. Someone who can act needs to play Dredd and Urban is the man for it!
Fucking A. Someone who can act needs to play Dredd and Urban is the man for it!
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9:04PM on 08/13/2010
Die Hard in a world of Blade Runner? I'm sold!
Die Hard in a world of Blade Runner? I'm sold!
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6:31AM on 07/24/2010
awesome!
awesome!
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10:55PM on 07/22/2010
I've been singing his praises since the Chronicles of Riddick.
I've been singing his praises since the Chronicles of Riddick.
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10:12PM on 07/22/2010
Urban rocks! I figure they will tease Judge Death for the sequel similar to what the did with Sherlock Holmes and Moriarty.
Urban rocks! I figure they will tease Judge Death for the sequel similar to what the did with Sherlock Holmes and Moriarty.
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4:23PM on 07/22/2010

Doplh as Dredd

I would love to see Lundgren as The Law...but I will be happy enough if the film gets made with Urban. Maybe if they put a prosthetic chin on him. The best thing about this project is the talent behind it, I wish Boyle himself would direct it.
I would love to see Lundgren as The Law...but I will be happy enough if the film gets made with Urban. Maybe if they put a prosthetic chin on him. The best thing about this project is the talent behind it, I wish Boyle himself would direct it.
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1:56PM on 07/22/2010

Don't F**K w the Urban!

I like this. KB is def the right guy for this. Nothing beats his acting like what he did for Xena though, HIIIIIII-YA!
I like this. KB is def the right guy for this. Nothing beats his acting like what he did for Xena though, HIIIIIII-YA!
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10:36AM on 07/22/2010
Urban would be good choice, but I'm not sure I'm too excited about the story. Sure it would look cool and all, but as it was said in Extra Tidbit: No Judge Death?! And other Dark Judges? No Angel-family? What a letdown...
Urban would be good choice, but I'm not sure I'm too excited about the story. Sure it would look cool and all, but as it was said in Extra Tidbit: No Judge Death?! And other Dark Judges? No Angel-family? What a letdown...
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5:51AM on 07/22/2010

Fucking right!

Oh yeah! I support that 100%!
Oh yeah! I support that 100%!
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3:53AM on 07/22/2010

Dig the Urban!

I'm so down for Alex Garland being the writer and I've loved Karl Urban since he donned his cupid wings back in the day. This just made my day!
I'm so down for Alex Garland being the writer and I've loved Karl Urban since he donned his cupid wings back in the day. This just made my day!
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2:06AM on 07/22/2010
Was really hoping for Dominic West to get the role, but Urban is a decent choice.
Was really hoping for Dominic West to get the role, but Urban is a decent choice.
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12:37AM on 07/22/2010
This is the single greatest piece of casting news all year.

Bring it on.
This is the single greatest piece of casting news all year.

Bring it on.
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12:26AM on 07/22/2010

Ray Stevenson is Dredd

Urban is not bad, but his chin is too small, he himself is too small, and his voice isn't booming enough.
Urban is not bad, but his chin is too small, he himself is too small, and his voice isn't booming enough.
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7:53AM on 07/22/2010
After the off-the-rails debacle of "Punisher War Zone" - I'd hope that RS would have the good sense to avoid a movie that has a high likely hood of being a commercial and critical bomb that would further typecast him. Most of your issues are superficial and can be fixed in production and post. Personally - this is a character with an aesthetic and story that just shouldn't have been made into a film the first time, or this time - IMO.
After the off-the-rails debacle of "Punisher War Zone" - I'd hope that RS would have the good sense to avoid a movie that has a high likely hood of being a commercial and critical bomb that would further typecast him. Most of your issues are superficial and can be fixed in production and post. Personally - this is a character with an aesthetic and story that just shouldn't have been made into a film the first time, or this time - IMO.
12:21AM on 07/22/2010

YOU BETRAYED THE LAW!

RAAAAAAAAH!!!
RAAAAAAAAH!!!
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12:06AM on 07/22/2010
Nice to hear. I like Urban. Hope this works out.
Nice to hear. I like Urban. Hope this works out.
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12:06AM on 07/22/2010
I actually liked the Stallone movie. I bet Rob Scheider's schedule is wide open if they want him back haha
I actually liked the Stallone movie. I bet Rob Scheider's schedule is wide open if they want him back haha
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11:40PM on 07/21/2010

TOO COOL!

Urban would be perfect. Hands down, done right, this could put Karl over the top and make him the star he deserves to be. Everything he's been in, he's been great. I hope this becomes a reality.
Urban would be perfect. Hands down, done right, this could put Karl over the top and make him the star he deserves to be. Everything he's been in, he's been great. I hope this becomes a reality.
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11:13PM on 07/21/2010
Anything will be better than that Stallone movie.
Anything will be better than that Stallone movie.
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11:06PM on 07/21/2010

Karl Urban deserves the shot

he's been excellent in every film I've ever seen him in, even the crap films. Hopefully this role will give him the exposure he deserves.
he's been excellent in every film I've ever seen him in, even the crap films. Hopefully this role will give him the exposure he deserves.
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10:53PM on 07/21/2010
No matter how this movie turns out, Urban is an absolutely AMAZING actor. His turn as Bones in STAR TREK last year was by far one of my favorite performances of the entire year. He's a chameleon in the best of ways.
No matter how this movie turns out, Urban is an absolutely AMAZING actor. His turn as Bones in STAR TREK last year was by far one of my favorite performances of the entire year. He's a chameleon in the best of ways.
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10:51PM on 07/21/2010

I am still wondering

how Karl is not a household name. the guy is very consistent in all of his roles. Here's hoping he get's this. Still holding out for him to give an audition for the imminent Mass Effect movie. The guy would own as commander Sherpard.
how Karl is not a household name. the guy is very consistent in all of his roles. Here's hoping he get's this. Still holding out for him to give an audition for the imminent Mass Effect movie. The guy would own as commander Sherpard.
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10:44PM on 07/21/2010
"I am da laww."
"I am da laww."
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