New Image of Lena Headey in DREDD; Actress Compares Her Character to a Great White Shark

     May 7, 2012


A new image from director Pete Travis’ reboot Dredd has gone online.  Karl Urban stars as the titular Judge Dredd in this redo of the comic book character that was infamously inhabited by Sylvester Stallone in 1995’s Judge Dredd.  This image highlights the character played by Lena Headey, who’s currently starring as the nefarious Cersei Lannister on HBO’s Game of Thrones.  Along with the image, we’ve also got some quotes from Headey about her character in Dredd and how she fits into the Judge Dredd universe.  Hit the jump for more.

lena-headey-dredd-imageIn a conversation with Hero Complex, Headey talked about how the world of Dredd differs from that of the previous film:

“The world [in the film] feels really British, and I don’t know if that’s because it’s so dirty and dark.  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.”

Headey went on to talk about her character of Ma-Ma (derived from the comic character of Madrigal), specifically:

“She’s a prostitute who then kills her pimp and takes over his drug-running business…  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.  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?‘”

Rumors have swirled that the film ran into some production troubles, but Headey made no mention of any sort of unrest.  Hopefully we see a trailer for this thing soon to give us a better idea of what we’re in for.  Dredd opens in 3D on September 21st.



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