First Look at Karl Urban as Judge Dredd in DREDD

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The first image of Karl Urban as Judge Dredd has gone online.  Actually, it’s the first image of Karl Urban’s lower-face an that’s all of his visage that you’ll see in the movie since the character won’t be removing his helmet.  The image is from rehersals and was posted in the Twitter feed of comic artist Jock, who is working as a concept artist on the film.

Hit the jump to check out the full image along with the synopsis.  Directed by Pete Travis (Vantage Point) and costarring Olivia Thirlby (Juno), the 3D film is currently shooting in JohannesburgAccording to Urban, this new adaptation will be more faithful to the comic than the 1995 version that starred Sylvester Stallone.

Image via Jock via @Schofizzy.

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Here’s the synopsis for Dredd:

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.




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  • DRMidnite08

    I LIKE it!

  • http://www.3rdillusion.com wrecks

    He is the Law.

  • http://twitter.com/AllanCavanagh Allan Cavanagh

    Compare the cozzie from fan film Judge Minty: http://3.bp.blogspot.com/_QyeLuKyEed0/Sh2o8al6DAI/AAAAAAAAAFw/6Uo4Q-u_1H8/s1600-h/Document7.jpg
    Why not just do that? The helmet looks ridiculously big.

    • Ashbuckler

      That one looks too small.

    • Dichotomize

      The helmet is pretty big in the comics.

    • Joninmag

      Agreed! the Helmet is too big in this, the Minty fan film has it spot on the costume and everything is exactly as it should be!, and another thing is why is the ‘Dredd’ in this photo got stubble…comic book Dredd would fine him for turning up to work looking like that! Ha ha..unless thats not ‘Joe’ and its ‘Rico’ Dredd…Hmmmm.

  • http://twitter.com/AllanCavanagh Allan Cavanagh

    Compare the cozzie from fan film Judge Minty: http://3.bp.blogspot.com/_QyeLuKyEed0/Sh2o8al6DAI/AAAAAAAAAFw/6Uo4Q-u_1H8/s1600-h/Document7.jpg
    Why not just do that? The helmet looks ridiculously big.

  • pgitt

    So who plays Rob Schneider?
    http://www.youscreeniscreen.com

  • Dane

    I liked the old one too. But this looks promising

  • Agimassardi

    I think the helmet is a little too big for Karl Urban’s head.

  • PJ

    YES.

    I’m assuming the size of the helmet is so that it actually provides some support in case of high impact.

  • Extreme Dude

    Urban’s helmet is smaller than a motorcycle helmet.
    does that red X obscure his field of vision?

  • old soldier

    What I want to know is Psi Judge Anderson in it and if so who’s playing her.

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  • plopfodder

    This first image reminds me of the first time we ever saw Dredd in 2000AD (way back in ’77!) Yeah looks cool! Pity though there’s no big chunky chain attached to his badge!

    • Dredd123

      Compared to the great Judge Minty version (check it on Youtube), it looks hideous.

      It looks ugly and messy. A spectacular disaster! A great pity. Oh well, I’ll stick to the 2000AD Dredd, not this crappy new film Dredd.

    • Dredd123

      Compared to the great Judge Minty version (check it on Youtube), it looks hideous.

      It looks ugly and messy. A spectacular disaster! A great pity. Oh well, I’ll stick to the 2000AD Dredd, not this crappy new film Dredd.

  • Schreiberling

    Wie bei Stallone: Lächerlich.

  • Schreiberling

    Wie bei Stallone: Lächerlich.

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  • DamnBASTERD

    Looks just like Stallone’s costume.

  • Anonymous

    How dare they remake this!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
    lol jk

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  • plopfodder

    Let’s all hope it’s the slay-fest that’s promised!

  • plopfodder

    Let’s all hope it’s the slay-fest that’s promised!

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  • Judgedredd1970

    Drok it!!!

  • Da Dethbee

    Dude needs a stronger jaw is all I’m gonna say…Garland yes, other guy…who the fack is Peter Travers?

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  • plopfodder

    Come to think of it, Stephen Lang would have made a better, more senior Dredd!

    • Joninmag

      …Or Ron Pearlman?.

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  • AndrewK

    Urban is best in a minor supporting role like in Star Trek and Bourne Supremacy. I just don’t like the guy in a leading role. Pathfinder sucked, Ghost Ship sucked, Doom sucked. I don’t see the guy carrying a top level film. Starring Karl Urban immediately makes me think it won’t exceed B movie status.

  • AndrewK

    Urban is best in a minor supporting role like in Star Trek and Bourne Supremacy. I just don’t like the guy in a leading role. Pathfinder sucked, Ghost Ship sucked, Doom sucked. I don’t see the guy carrying a top level film. Starring Karl Urban immediately makes me think it won’t exceed B movie status.

    • Joninmag

      He’s keeping the helmet on through the whole film just as Dredd does in the comics so for that reason (and the fact he has read the comics since he was 15) i’m gonna hold ‘judgement’ till i see the film…just wish the made the costume the same as the comics though….

  • plopfodder

    Have you got a big helmet? ( sorry, couldn’t help myself!)

  • http://www.bandncreations.co.nz Brendoon

    The jaw’s fine, looks like early Ezquerra and Bolland artwork.b The jacket is bulky like a full leather m/cyle jacket. That’s brilliant. Don’t forget the helmet has to hide a whole lot of sensors and stuff in it… the shield on the forehead folds down as a gas mask.. there’s a lot of hardware in there. The Dredd comics made the point of keeping technology believable.
    Pretty much the same world you saw in Bladerunner…

  • Dreddhead

    What happened to Dredds shoulder pads? The whole oufit looks awful. You are making a 70s goofy scifi movie, not a “believable” scifi flick.

    The direction is taking a wrong turn here, It’s obvious.
    The movie needs more notorious comic book traders, Futsies, illegal ALIENS and hazardous Boingers!

    JD was never gritty, it was a tongue in the cheek parody of our modern society taken to the extreme.

  • Bugnaz

    Hitler jump?

  • Booda

    They seem to have fused a number of outfit types, the pads from prog 2, the helmet more like Bolland. As for stubble, he often had stubble in the early strips and back then he also looked like this, the chin grew in the telling. No 2 artists draw this character alike, so here we see their version. If you can accept the wild variations in comic styles you can accept this version.

  • Duchess of Cambridge

    Karl Urban must say the following lines in Dredd:

    “I am the law!”

    “I knew you’d say that.” (in five scenes)

    “I knew they’d do that.”

    “Full auto. Rapid-fire.”

    “Armour piercing”

    “Double whammy.”

    “Signal flare!”

    I hope one of the following recognisable actors with comedic experience plays Fergee:

    Ben Stiller, Adam Sandler, Ricky Gervais, Simon Pegg, Eddie Izzard, Steve Coogan, Jeremy Piven, Paul Rudd

    I look forward to seeing the following villains in future sequels:
    Angel Gang, Mean Machine Angel, President Booth, Oola Blint, Judge Cal, Dark Judges, Judge Death, Rico Dredd, Armon Gill, Judge Grice, Morton Judd, Kleggs, Judge Kraken, Stan Lee, PJ Maybe, Nero Narcos, Sov Judge Orlok, Shojun the Warlord, Judge Sinfield

    I hope in this film series, they will include the following Judges:

    Beeny, Buell, Galen DeMarco, Dirty Frank, Edgar, Chief Judge Fargo, Francisco, Giant, Goodman, Griffin, Hershey, Janus, Karyn, McGruder, Mechanismo, Niles, Rico, Shenker, Silver, Solomon, Volt

    I hope in this film series, they will include:
    Chopper, Vienna Dredd, Fergee, Yassa Povey, Jacob Sardini, Otto Sump, Walter the Wobot

    As Judge Dredd, Karl Urban should be a hardcore badass like Liam Neeson in Taken.

  • Northern Star

    The helmet looks too big because that’s not Karl Urban in the picture, but his stunt double. Urban has a much rounder face, which the helmet is specifically sculpted for, so it will look more fitting in the movie. And in answer to an above post, the movie will most certainly be “a slayfest”- an early draft of the script is online, and it is EXTRAORDINARILY bloody and violent, in fact, I would say it makes ‘RoboCop’ look like a PG-13 movie by comparison, it’s THAT visceral, and I can’t wait…

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