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Judge Dredd May Be Played By...

Merrick here... Sources for BleedingCool say that JUDGE DREDD 3D movie we've been hearing about may be close to casting its title character.
Bleeding Cool now understands that Karl Urban will be offered the role of Judge Dredd in the new movie. Or at least Judge Dredd’s chin. Because one of the main provisos of the deal is that, just as in the comic, Judge Dredd will not remove his helmet. But of course that chin will now be seen in glorious three dimensions. And, contract willing, Karl Urban is of a mind to accept it.
...reveals the site HERE. As long as they get Chris Rock to voice Dredd's gun, it'll be great. And yes, I'm kidding. updated via iPad
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  • July 22, 2010, 7:18 p.m. CST

    Oh boy.

    by SkidMarkedUndies

    This has disaster written all over it.

  • July 22, 2010, 7:19 p.m. CST

    Getting a B-lister is the only way to keep the helmet on

    by terry1978

    Urban is a good actor, but he's not demanding the big paydays yet. And due to this, anyone else would want to take the helmet off at times a la Sly, but now maybe I won't get as jarringly taken out the film like I did with the first one.

  • July 22, 2010, 7:20 p.m. CST

    by Cobra--Kai

    Isn't Karl Urban a little short to be a Stormtroo.. I mean Judge Dredd?

  • July 22, 2010, 7:20 p.m. CST

    lol ....

    by livrule

    I think they are TRYING to make this crap. First that piss-poor script now this. FUCK me.

  • July 22, 2010, 7:21 p.m. CST

    Isn't Karl Urban a country singer with girly hair?

    by MacReady452

  • July 22, 2010, 7:21 p.m. CST

    by Cobra--Kai

    livRule, WE RULE! Simupost, check out the time stamp.

  • July 22, 2010, 7:23 p.m. CST

    Uh oh...

    by AlienFanatic

    I hate to say it, because I really like Urban as an actor, but I really can't see him as Dredd. Sure, he'll go to the gym for six months and bulk out, but Dredd is as much about the attitude as he is about the squared shoulders and jaw. I'm afraid that I can't see Urban as "tough enough" to fit the bill.

  • July 22, 2010, 7:27 p.m. CST

    Simupost!!!!

    by livrule

    We do indeed Rule Cobra my man!

  • July 22, 2010, 7:30 p.m. CST

    You fucking people.

    by DanielPlainviewOnVacationInBoston

    After Urban turns in the best performance in Star Trek (which is excellent, nevermind the little bitches still whining about it), has played a lot of great supporting roles for the last few years, you still bitch about the man getting this part? He's square-jawed enough and can play the tough guy part just fine.

  • July 22, 2010, 7:31 p.m. CST

    helmet stays on, BUT...

    by idrinkyourmilkshake

    THEY MANAGE TO BREAK Half of it off(chin strap always in tact)..to expose his face.Kinda like Spider-man

  • July 22, 2010, 7:33 p.m. CST

    Damn it, Jim! I'm a doctor, not a judge...

    by siouxfire

    ...though I'm willing to give it a go.

  • July 22, 2010, 7:33 p.m. CST

    Helmet stays on, untill 6 monhts into POST-PRUDCTION

    by idrinkyourmilkshake

    When they hire PIXAR for one of there now famous "movie reviews" with lassetter in the gang. Then,in the end, the pixar folks will say "dudes, take Dredd's helmet off ever now and then".

  • July 22, 2010, 7:33 p.m. CST

    I'm with AlienFanatic

    by BadlyDubbedPorn

    I like Urban too, but Dredd need's more presence than he can give I think, I dunno I haven't seen many of his films but I guess that's why they call it acting.<p>And someone needs to photoshop the helmet onto his head for a quick preview.

  • July 22, 2010, 7:33 p.m. CST

    wow, my atrocious spelling deserves an apology.

    by idrinkyourmilkshake

  • July 22, 2010, 7:34 p.m. CST

    cant they just hire STALLONE again?

    by idrinkyourmilkshake

    the dude is like 70, but looks the same.He still looks like a 45 year old that can whip ass.

  • July 22, 2010, 7:34 p.m. CST

    Damn straight, DanielPlainviewOnVacationInBosto n

    by siouxfire

    ...and we have Red coming up as well (stop sniggering you at the back)

  • July 22, 2010, 7:40 p.m. CST

    Fuck Stallone and his girly man permanent eye makeup.

    by ganymede3010

  • July 22, 2010, 7:40 p.m. CST

    Stallone should do it again

    by TakingScorpiosCalls

    and i'm Judge Dredd-serious.

  • July 22, 2010, 7:44 p.m. CST

    Re: B-Listers and the Helmet

    by blunted666

    I have no problem with a B-lister (or a Predators-level B-movie if they go that route), but I wouldn't put it past an A-lister to allow his features to be hidden... I was just marvelling at how unrecognizable a lot of big names are in Warren Beatty's Dick Tracy last night. What an awesome movie.

  • July 22, 2010, 7:45 p.m. CST

    idrinkyourmilkshake that's a how they'll do it

    by BadlyDubbedPorn

    just to give a glimpse of the eye as Dredd has his arc scene or some shit<p>To be honest I'm undecided on the helmet on/helmet off on film.<p> I mean it does make sense, and don't forget people who don't have a fucking clue about Judge Dredd need to be able to watch this, and relate with a character which is hard but not impossible to do whithout removing his helm, this is also why introducing Judge Death so early is stupid, (Nolan didn't waste the Joker straight off)<p> I think what was wrong with the Stallones Dredd was he took it off at the wrong time, too early and in front of everyone else, I wouldn't have minded towards the end, and or with hardly anyone else around, maybe just him and Rico, I mean we all know what Stallone looks like so it didn't matter either way, which makes me think that if it was an total unknown in the role like a theatre actor or such, it would be way cooler never getting to see his face, since we already know what Urban looks like I don't really care,

  • July 22, 2010, 7:46 p.m. CST

    Superargo never took his mask off either!

    by SnootyBoots

  • July 22, 2010, 7:46 p.m. CST

    so aicn does judge crap castin rumors...

    by yourSTEPDADDY

    ...but nothing on JGL in the next BIG movie that EVERYONE will care about...hmm

  • July 22, 2010, 7:47 p.m. CST

    I had to kill Stallone because he made a mistake...

    by DickJones

    ...in taking off his helmet. On a sidenote,last night I gave my girl the ole "Double Whammy" so to speak.

  • July 22, 2010, 7:50 p.m. CST

    Karl Urban is too fucking small

    by BP_drills_america_a_new_asshole

    He seems a little short. Methinks they got the wrong LOTR guy. They need a bigger actor with a square jaw - Sean Bean.

  • July 22, 2010, 7:52 p.m. CST

    The question is, does he have a heroic mouth?...

    by FlickaPoo

    ...'cause if he keeps the helmet on, you're essentially casting a mouth...<P> (insert joke here)

  • July 22, 2010, 7:57 p.m. CST

    I like Karl Urban...

    by Ironhelix

    ...but I'm not sure about him for Dredd.

  • July 22, 2010, 8 p.m. CST

    Just keep the helmet on and make it hard

    by Sailor Rip

  • July 22, 2010, 8:01 p.m. CST

    DREDD?! = MISTAKE

    by Mr. Nice Gaius

    Hey Karl, don't go backwards. Keep moving forward, buddy.

  • July 22, 2010, 8:01 p.m. CST

    Urban too short?

    by qqmore

    Stallone isnt that tall either.

  • July 22, 2010, 8:01 p.m. CST

    I... AM THE LAW...

    by JayLenoTookMyJob

    ... not a brick layer. Dammit Spock!

  • July 22, 2010, 8:03 p.m. CST

    R

    by Sailor Rip

    This movie needs V E R H O E V E N. Is there any other director that could di it better? No.

  • July 22, 2010, 8:05 p.m. CST

    YEah, supposedly Sly's only 5'10"...

    by JayLenoTookMyJob

    ...which in Hollywood measurement units most likely means 5'7" or 5'8". Tom Cruise is like the Golden Age Doll Man, they have to film all his scenes in forced perspective while he runs around on top of a green-painted table that gets digitally erased later. Kidding, kidding.

  • July 22, 2010, 8:06 p.m. CST

    updated via iPad

    by TheHumanBurrito

    Thanks for the product placement, we were very concerned with what product you used to update us with. Vital details! By the way, this post was updated via a machine that cost as much as your iPad but does way more.

  • July 22, 2010, 8:07 p.m. CST

    Jason Statham please

    by thatfilmlover

    that is all

  • July 22, 2010, 8:09 p.m. CST

    Statham does have the jaw for it

    by cgih8r

  • July 22, 2010, 8:11 p.m. CST

    They should get Randy from Say Yes To The Dress!

    by planetran_fan

  • July 22, 2010, 8:11 p.m. CST

    never read the comics

    by Bouncy X

    so is this whole "helmet stays on" thing a part of his character or some odd rule within that society or something? or is it simply because he's never been shown with it off? i just dont see the big deal or the issue.

  • July 22, 2010, 8:14 p.m. CST

    What?

    by Lemure_v2

    Why not Michael Cera? What the fuck is wrong with Hollywood? Jesus!

  • July 22, 2010, 8:20 p.m. CST

    as long as Sam rami doesn't direct

    by RedBull_Werewolf

    there won't be a need to remove the helmet

  • July 22, 2010, 8:25 p.m. CST

    Cool.

    by Kontarsky

    I liked Stallone version too. The soundtrack is still great.

  • July 22, 2010, 8:29 p.m. CST

    TAKE THE FUCKING HELMET OFF!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

    by Illuminate

    I should have said something on the Thor posts when some people were saying, "Where is Thor's helmet." My answer: SHUT THE FUCK UP YOU IDIOTS. He looks like Thor from the comics down to his fucking costume. I am more of a Thor fan than most and have a shit load of Thor comics. Have some of you dumb mother fuckers seen the 80's movie when Thor looked like a barbarian instead of Thor from the comics. Some people are just asses. It's like they got everything right about superman's costume and some ass is bitching about his belt looking different. SHUT THE FUCK UP. Would I be happier with Thor's helmet? Yes, especially if they make the wings big. But, they got it damned close so stop bitching. Another example is the first Punisher movie when they didn't even put the skull on his chest, now that is something we should all bitch about. Now on to Judge Dredd: FlickaPoo has a point, if he keeps the helmet on than you are casting a mouth. Have any fuckers out there ever heard of drama. 80% of an actor's performance comes from there eyes, from sadness to different expressions of machismo. It may work in the comic, but it is anti-movie drama. I say take the fucking helmet off but keep the rest loyal to the comic. If Dredd cares for a babe than I want to see that expression in his eyes. If Dredd wants to beat the living shit out of the villain than I want to see his eyes. Anyone who is against that just because he does not in the comic should never direct a movie because you don't know shit about human drama that works so well in movies.

  • July 22, 2010, 8:30 p.m. CST

    @Bouncy

    by AlienFanatic

    Dredd never, ever takes his helmet off. It's just part of the Dredd shtick. To have Stallone lift his helmet was probably met with a huge cloud of spray when all of the Dredd-heads in the audience spat out their Mountain Dews in disgust.

  • July 22, 2010, 8:32 p.m. CST

    Keep the helmet on!!!

    by lochkray

    Then show him in his apartment, cooking dinner, having a shower, reading the paper, all with the helmet on. Throw in a sex scene too. Maybe have him sitting around the office, and have a co-worker say "Hey Joey, why not take off your helmet? You're just doing paperwork" or something. Just to acknowledge the absurdidty of it.

  • July 22, 2010, 8:34 p.m. CST

    WHY GODDD WHYYYYY!!!

    by RPLocke

    Do we need another Judge Dredd movie?

  • July 22, 2010, 8:37 p.m. CST

    @RPLocke

    by AlienFanatic

    Why not? Frankly, I'm sick of the pretty-boy superhero movies. I'd rather have them make a go at a gritty, violent Dredd movie than another stupid Marvel flick. But that's just me.

  • July 22, 2010, 8:37 p.m. CST

    Good choice

    by christpunchers2007

    Urban is very underused. An actor with some chops.

  • July 22, 2010, 8:46 p.m. CST

    macready

    by JaredP

    your thinking of keith urban

  • July 22, 2010, 8:49 p.m. CST

    AlienFanatic

    by RPLocke

    Will he be drunk and dance during the movie?

  • July 22, 2010, 8:54 p.m. CST

    I always hated it when Robocop took his

    by Human_Bean_Juice_

    helmet off to reveal Murphy's fucked up face. Same feelings with Stallone's Dredd. Leave that fucking helmet on!

  • July 22, 2010, 8:55 p.m. CST

    CLANCY BROWN AS DREDD! JUST IN!

    by Zeotron

  • July 22, 2010, 8:56 p.m. CST

    Cool. Now here's what we want from a Dredd movie:

    by UltraTron

    Dark Judges, boing the miracle plastic encasement of judge death, fattys with bellywheels, genetic Dino themeparks with dinos escaping(Jurassic park was always just a tiny fraction of the epic dredd universe that had genetic dinos in early 80s) Otto sump products, Apocolyse war and at least one lawmaster cycle running amok and taking out a couple blocks

  • July 22, 2010, 8:59 p.m. CST

    Hey I said Clancy Brown yesterday you sub-standard

    by UltraTron

    tron.

  • July 22, 2010, 9:03 p.m. CST

    Murphy likes to walk around the station with his

    by UltraTron

    helmut off. The other cops love it when he visits the cafeteria. Dredd never takes the helmut off unless you are making a movie about a different judge- end of debate. They have never to my knowledge drawn his face.

  • July 22, 2010, 9:04 p.m. CST

    Murphy...it's you!

    by Human_Bean_Juice_

    Damn her bubble gum chewing ass was hot back in the day

  • July 22, 2010, 9:08 p.m. CST

    Urban vs. Stallone

    by ScenicArtist

    Urban is 6'1", Stallone is 5'9.5" (don't forget that half an inch, Shorty). Stallone couldn't help but take of that helmet. Urban is not a box-office factor, so no harm if he keeps the helmet on. It's like when James Purfoy left "V for Vendetta" because he realized he really couldn't take the mask off and Hugo Weaving stepped in to give one of the most interesting performances of that year. Keeping the helmet on shows dedication to the character over ego. I second the Verhoeven suggestion.

  • July 22, 2010, 9:15 p.m. CST

    LEONARD,McCOY......bones!!!!!

    by Canidate_Micheal

  • July 22, 2010, 9:20 p.m. CST

    How 'bout NOBODY?

    by Triple_J_72

    Seriously, is this movie really necessary? Come on now... oh wait, I forgot... this is Hollywood!

  • July 22, 2010, 9:21 p.m. CST

    Garland's script is a slice of badass...

    by Passenger54

    The script by Garland has Dredd in a crisis situation pretty much the entire length of the script, so his helmet remains on the entirety. Not sure how I feel about Urban either way to be honest. Could be a stroke of brilliance, but I still think they should try and get Statham for the role.

  • July 22, 2010, 9:24 p.m. CST

    Urban as Dredd

    by I Max U Mini

    <p>I'm not great at Photoshop, but I gave it a shot.</p> <p> </p> <p>http://tinyurl.com/JudgeUrban</p>

  • July 22, 2010, 9:25 p.m. CST

    @ Triple_J_72

    by Passenger54

    What IS necessary? Was Batman Begins a necessary redo 7 years after the pulled the other versions? As long as it is good, which the script most definitely is, then the answer is YES. Since I read the script I keep thinking about wanting to see this film now.

  • July 22, 2010, 9:30 p.m. CST

    Ron Perlman!

    by Orionsangels

  • July 22, 2010, 9:38 p.m. CST

    Please no

    by disfigurehead

  • July 22, 2010, 9:40 p.m. CST

    Karl Urban: The go-to generic action guy

    by Viewer 3

    He shares this title with Sam Worthlesston.

  • July 22, 2010, 9:41 p.m. CST

    I'm sure Urban is more than capable

    by Passenger54

    Who knows, he might be great in the role. He's not a pretty boy actor at least. Urban has gravity.

  • July 22, 2010, 9:58 p.m. CST

    I first noticed Urban ...

    by I Max U Mini

    ... when he portrayed Julius Caesar on Xena. His performances as Eomer in LOTR and McCoy in Star Trek give me some confidence in the guy. Not to mention we get to watch Bruce Willis break his neck in "Red".

  • July 22, 2010, 9:59 p.m. CST

    Karl Urban can't to a rictus

    by Immortal_Fish

    Judge Dredd is all about the rictus. Gritted teeth surrounded by loose, jutting lips. Spittle. Lots of spittle.<P>Karl Urban can't pull that off. As I_Max_U_Mini illustrated, his lips are way too pretty.<P>If you say that Dredd needs to remove the helmet in order for the actor to emote, then you betray your ignorance of the character.<P>Besides, Ian McDiarmid did perfectly fine acting with only his jaw and mouth before the prequels. So, it can be done.

  • July 22, 2010, 10 p.m. CST

    Can't DO a rictus

    by Immortal_Fish

    Foolish, non-previewing, 90's hunk of garbage.

  • July 22, 2010, 10:14 p.m. CST

    This movie is sooooooo "I don't give a shit" bad. Comic stunk.

    by JonChambers

  • July 22, 2010, 10:14 p.m. CST

    Immortal Fish

    by I Max U Mini

    <p>As a conspiracy nut (not really - but play along for the gag) I believe Harry and company want to keep us from editing our posts. If we correct our mistakes and they continue to use the inexcusable grammar and spelling the writers are known for here, we'll make them all look like the pathetic wanna-be journalists they claim to be.</p> <p> </p> <p>By the way, is it my imagination, or do a lot of these guys - Harry in particular - tend to bury the lead deep into the piece?</p>

  • July 22, 2010, 10:16 p.m. CST

    Stop pimping iPad you Apple Fanboy!!!

    by Jay_Lenos_Ugly_Wife

    I'm so sick of these Apple Fanboys bragging about their Apple products!!!!! Sent from my iPhone.

  • July 22, 2010, 10:17 p.m. CST

    I like Karl a lot.

    by blackwood

    But I am also picturing someone bigger for it.

  • July 22, 2010, 10:17 p.m. CST

    Statham!

    by blackwood

    That's a great idea.

  • July 22, 2010, 10:18 p.m. CST

    ...I care for one reason. Alex Garland.

    by FlickaPoo

  • July 22, 2010, 10:20 p.m. CST

    Urban stole Bruce Willis' seat at the RED panel!!

    by MARCEL_THE_NEGRO_PROJECTIONIST

    Really! Willis was s'posed to sit in the middle seat, and Urban sat there, right behind the "Bruce Willis" placard. RED looks fucking insane, by the way...

  • July 22, 2010, 10:33 p.m. CST

    I_Max_U_Mini cheers dude

    by BadlyDubbedPorn

    not bad, should have used a Bones pic of him scowling though lol, cheers<p> I do prefer Urban to Statham though, at least he's American, and a better actor. Statham's accents are worse than Worthingtons. I don't know why people are picking him, although he does have the chin I suppose.<p>By the way I have a massive chin and when I was younger, along with many other names, Judge Dredd was a staple rip of mine. So fuck it I'll do it..

  • July 22, 2010, 10:36 p.m. CST

    In the comics his helmet does come off...

    by The_Goddamn_Batman

    ...but you never see his face. He's always in shadow or we see the shot from his point of view with the helmet on the desk in front of him. Almost noir-ish. <p> Killik is right though, showing the actor diminishes Dredd from being a personification of The Law, to just a man. Dredd, like Dirty Harry, stays true to the law even when his personal life is crumbling.<p> Murphy is different. The Robocop story is about him rediscovering his humanity, and that's when his helmet has to come off. <p> Oh, and Garland's story is shit. It's too small. It's like a 2000AD Annual short story. UltraTron got it right. We need to see the sprawling human zoo madness of Mega-City One. <p> Get it right, or don't fucking do it. I can't take another 20 years of this shit.

  • July 22, 2010, 10:41 p.m. CST

    Weren't they originally going to go with....

    by Kai_Mah'gra

    ......Dwayne 'The Rock' Johnson? <p> After all, he definitely has the Chin, and the charisma to pull it off, not to mention the build. And as a Bonus, he seriously seriously needs an action movie to get him out of the Disney kiddie crap that's basically stagnated his career. <p> Casting Karl Urban for this is sorta like casting that other guy for the new Conan movie. Action stars 2.0 (the 2000's edition) really sucks compared to what they are replacing. What's next? Are they going to cast Zac Effron to play the new John McClane in the Die Hard re-boot. <p> Can't wait for Expendables for some real 80's Action stars to show them how action is done right.

  • July 22, 2010, 10:41 p.m. CST

    BadlyDubbedPorn..Urban's from New Zealand.

    by The Dark Shite

    He can do a better American accent than Statham though, who tends to do sort of a reverse Dick Van Dyke in Meery Porppeens.

  • July 22, 2010, 10:42 p.m. CST

    by bruce SG

    Karl Urban is a Kiwi.But as much as i like the guy i reckon Dolph Lundgren would be perfect.

  • July 22, 2010, 10:54 p.m. CST

    O yea, shit forgot about him in LOTR

    by BadlyDubbedPorn

    and being a Kiwi thank's guy's.<p> Goes to show though he's a bloody better than Statham, who isn't terrible I just wouldn't want him as Dredd.

  • July 22, 2010, 11:03 p.m. CST

    I'll try redeem myself

    by BadlyDubbedPorn

    With this unecessary piece of info, I'm sure I read they unmasked him in his 2nd ep or something when I was younger, this was all I could find. <p> "Dredd had also been unmasked in issue 8 in a story drawn by Massimo Belardinelli, but the face drawn was not anywhere near that which had been hoped. The decision was made to make out that Dredd's face had been scarred and the panel had a 'censored' banner slapped on it. After this Dredd's face was never attempted to be shown again"

  • July 22, 2010, 11:11 p.m. CST

    I really liked him in DOOM.

    by blackwood

    Shit film, but also kind of awesome.

  • July 22, 2010, 11:25 p.m. CST

    Double Whammy

    by andrew coleman

    And that is all I have to say on the matter.

  • July 22, 2010, 11:44 p.m. CST

    Gotta admit, Sly had the perfect Dredd chin.

    by Galactic

    Like, it was PERFECT. Unfortunately the movie was terrible.

  • July 22, 2010, 11:54 p.m. CST

    If Raimi's lame Spider-Man can't keep his mask on,

    by Rupee88

    then how is Dredd supposed to keep his helmet on. Maybe if Raimi isn't able to fuck it up.

  • July 23, 2010, 12:05 a.m. CST

    DAMIAN LEWIS would be my choice.

    by The_Genteel_Gentile

  • July 23, 2010, 12:05 a.m. CST

    Maybe I bitching a lot but his chin is to small

    by bloodawn5

    Come on, we pass from Sly to this?

  • July 23, 2010, 12:08 a.m. CST

    Shouldn't Urban worry more about

    by STLost

    STAR TREK than this? <P> He was great in STAR TREK. I loved that movie.

  • July 23, 2010, 12:36 a.m. CST

    Statham's accent is fine.

    by Passenger54

    And Garland's story is absolutely done well and totally gets the character. Its a smart reintroduction and a well executed piece. You still get the feel of Mega City One being a zoo, without having to travel to every nook and craney of the city in one film. I like that the story deals with one case. Gives it more of a feel that the Judges are up against insurmountable odds.

  • July 23, 2010, 12:55 a.m. CST

    Urban confirms he's in "early talks" to play Dredd.

    by Passenger54

    http://movies.ign.com/articles/110/1107763p1.html Update: IGN just spoke to Urban at the SDCC convention and he confirmed that he is "in early talks" about taking on the iconic role.

  • July 23, 2010, 1:48 a.m. CST

    Ray Stevenson

    by The Merk

    Titus Pullo is Judge Dredd.

  • July 23, 2010, 2:13 a.m. CST

    That helmet is iconic

    by Chuck_Chuckwalla

    I hated when Stallone took his helmet off — it made Dredd look like one of his vanity projects. Don't get me wrong, I love Stallone and was fine with him as Dredd, but if he would have just left the fucking helmet on I would have dug it so much more. Karl Urban is a damn good actor — I have no doubt that he would make a good Dredd. Just remember Karl — keep the fucking helmet ON!!!!

  • July 23, 2010, 2:51 a.m. CST

    Dredd's Helmet

    by cushing1967

    As many have said is a huge part of the Dredd myth - though it has come off on a few occassion (and for one series he didn't have the helmet on at all - but that was the exceptional Dead Man - which had his face all burnt to fuck). Dredd has been disguised to look like a mobster, he's had bandages all over the top of his head and on one memorable occassion years and years ago it came off but Tharg decided to CENSOR it as the image would be too much for our young Earthlet minds.<BR><BR>I read an interview years ago where the fact that they had drawn Dredd without a helmet as they were going to show his face but ultimately decided that after all those years it would end up being an anticlimax. Making a Dredd film where he didn't take off his helmet would be like making a Batman film where he wore a yellow suit or a Superman film where he couldn't fly.<BR><BR>As for the whole DRAMA aspect of it - I can think of a lot of film performances where actors faces haven't been seen and the character comes across - Darth Vader and V both spring to mind. Also Batman if you want to look at the fact that Batman and Bruce Wayne are 'seperate' characters.

  • July 23, 2010, 3:06 a.m. CST

    Interesting choice. Dredd wasn't a muscle bound

    by V'Shael

    Stallone type in the comics (early 2000AD issues) and the truth is, fascist police types don't have to be. They have the law, the tech, the guns, and the authorised use of violence. They don't necessarily need to be able to bench press 500lbs.<br /><br />And yes, of course the helmet must stay on.

  • July 23, 2010, 3:20 a.m. CST

    Dredd with no helmet might as well be Demolition Man.

    by V'Shael

    Cast Sandra (secret Nazi) Bullock beside him. <br /><br />Actually, she could do playing a fascist Judge. As could Mel Gibson, if he's looking for work.<br /><br />Cast Bullock as the Psi Cop Anderson, and cast Mel Gibson as an older Judge, slightly psychotic and still fascist as all hell.

  • July 23, 2010, 3:54 a.m. CST

    Keeping The Helmet On Never Hurt Darth Vader

    by parpington

    He lasted most of 3 movies with helmet intact. Same for Boba Fett. 2 of the best characters in the original Star Wars Trilogy. If Dredd goes helmetless I won't be going to see it.

  • July 23, 2010, 3:58 a.m. CST

    BP DRILLS, SEAN BEAN IS ONLY 5'10" WHILE URBAN is 6'2"

    by RedJester

    And Urban is a gazillion times more musclebound than Bean. Get your fact straight.

  • July 23, 2010, 3:59 a.m. CST

    facts.

    by RedJester

    Sorry facts not fact.

  • July 23, 2010, 4:03 a.m. CST

    Let's not forget V for Vendetta....

    by Fuzzyjefe

    Mask on da whole time. And I for one gave a shit about V. You build sympathy or understanding through action and dialogue. Facial emoting not necessary. <p> Another example from star wars: in the original, who DIDN'T feel the frustration of storm trooper #27 as he cried "OPEN THE BLAST DOORS! OPEN THE BLAST DOORS!"? I know I did. I thought to myself, 'damn, that dude's pissed and frustrated'.

  • July 23, 2010, 4:07 a.m. CST

    Other great masked performers:

    by Fuzzyjefe

    Jason Vorhees. Michael Myers. Dr Phibes. The creepy killers in The Strangers. Keanu Reeves (he never emotes). Sauran. The Black Knight in Monty Python & the Holy Grail....the list goes on.

  • July 23, 2010, 4:09 a.m. CST

    Sauron, not Sauran..

    by Fuzzyjefe

    geek cred.....slipping. Leatherface is another.

  • July 23, 2010, 4:09 a.m. CST

    Ray Stevenson gets my vote too.

    by Ecto-1

    But Ron Perlman is a good choice too. Not sure about Urban. Either way, whoever gets it I just hope that he keeps the damn helmet on. Stallone was the worst choice ever for this character.

  • July 23, 2010, 4:11 a.m. CST

    Hell, they never even showed Galactus at all

    by Fuzzyjefe

    in the second Fantastic Four, but you KNEW he was hungry for da earf. And big. And cloudy with a chance of appetite.

  • July 23, 2010, 4:11 a.m. CST

    "Urban has gravity"

    by buggerbugger

    Hahahaha, fucking hell.

  • July 23, 2010, 4:12 a.m. CST

    So the costume designer on this film...

    by Fuzzyjefe

    would technically be an 'urban outfitter'. Interesting.

  • July 23, 2010, 4:17 a.m. CST

    Judge Dredd is not the Stallone movie

    by slaine70

    As a Judge Dredd comic artist for the past 20 years (and I play Judge Dredd myself in the upcoming fan film Minty) I can honestly say that its about time they did a movie to do this amazing character justice. Saying what's the big deal about him taking his helmet off is like saying whats the big deal about making Spiderman bright green? Its part of his character and an on going tongue in cheek joke...you just dont take off the helmet . Dredds world is rich to be explored, his city his the star not him and if this movie pays off then you can bet your bottom dollar the next movie will feature the four dark Judges including Judge Death then we're all in for a treat. I support Karl Urban for this, he would be a great choice. Forget the chin, Dredd is about attitude and is very much based on a futuristic Dirty Harry and I think Karl could nail it.

  • July 23, 2010, 4:22 a.m. CST

    "I play Judge Dredd myself in the upcoming fan film Minty"

    by buggerbugger

    Weird, I've got an acquaintance called Minty. Mad, psychotic punk from Newcastle area. Never saw him as Judge Dredd, like. More like an aggressive Harry Potter.

  • July 23, 2010, 4:24 a.m. CST

    Clamour for Dark Judges

    by buggerbugger

    You'll rue this like you rued Venom in 'Spider-Man 3'.

  • July 23, 2010, 4:27 a.m. CST

    Karl Urban:

    by buggerbugger

    "Oh no, Gromit, it's the Wrong Chin!"<pr> He's a good actor, but... he's not Dredd. And neither is Jason 'Cockney' Stetham.

  • July 23, 2010, 4:27 a.m. CST

    Stetham?

    by buggerbugger

  • July 23, 2010, 4:27 a.m. CST

    Stetham?

    by buggerbugger

  • July 23, 2010, 4:28 a.m. CST

    WRONG CHIN!

    by buggerbugger

    I'm drunk. Apologies, folks. (Fuck, sounds like a teenage brag, doesn't it?)

  • July 23, 2010, 4:47 a.m. CST

    Stephen Lange as Dredd...

    by gakchat

    Here's my (Photoshopped) choice for Dredd http://twitpic.com/27tkly

  • July 23, 2010, 5:09 a.m. CST

    good choice gakchat

    by Stalkeye

    Also lang would make a great Nick Fury had Marvel decided not to cast Sam J for the part.

  • July 23, 2010, 5:24 a.m. CST

    Good choice, Stalkeye...

    by gakchat

    Yeah, he would have been waaay better than Jackson. I always thought they should have gotten Kurt Russell to don Fury's eyepatch. Would have been a cool nod to Snake Plissken...

  • July 23, 2010, 5:37 a.m. CST

    DWAYNE "THE ROCK" JOHNSON

    by Jodo_Kast

    He has the built, and face. Overall look. Side kick - NOT ROB SCHNEIDER.

  • July 23, 2010, 5:54 a.m. CST

    Cast an unknown . . .

    by Thall_Joben

    He needs to be a cross between Eastwood and Schwarzenegger. A gnuinely hard as nails neo-nazi bastard. YOU'RE NOT SUPPOSED TO LIKE THE GUY, that's his entertainment value- HE'S A COMPLETE PRICK, not a conventional hero! He's never been that till Stalone fucked with it. They should stop playing around like fairies and just do a full on grown up anime version.

  • July 23, 2010, 5:54 a.m. CST

    "DWAYNE "THE ROCK" JOHNSON"

    by buggerbugger

    ...likes like an Easter Island statue.

  • July 23, 2010, 5:58 a.m. CST

    Likes?

    by buggerbugger

    "looks", FFS. Stupid fucking... stuff.

  • July 23, 2010, 5:58 a.m. CST

    the helmet

    by hazelam

    taking the helmet off wasn't what ruined the first dredd movie, it was the cheesy one liners and the comedy sidekick. i even think stallone did a passable job, though slagging of the movie afterwards showed a lack of class if you ask me. the whole keep the helmet on thing from the comics has gotten stupid at times, they've shown him lying in a hospital bed with his helmet on, just rididulous. if it serves the movie, take it off, if that's the kind of thing that would put you off seeing the film then i say you're not a true fan.

  • July 23, 2010, 5:59 a.m. CST

    Thall_Joben

    by buggerbugger

    ...gets it. You're not supposed to like the guy. He's a fucking uber-Nazi from the future.

  • July 23, 2010, 6:05 a.m. CST

    slaine70

    by Rameses

    From the pics I've seen , Judge Minty looks awesome!No one on this site seems to know a thing about it ,But casting, costume and concept wise it's spot on. I've been most impressed with what I've seen so far.The Stallone film was a travesty , that's still painful to look at, years later .As for Dredd keeping the helmet on .The mask is more or less his entire character.Movie makers just need to accept it as his face and work around it .Theres no reason that the actors eyes can't show up thru the tinted glass for certain close ups etc.I'm not sure about Karl Urban.He hardly suggests Bollands classic Dredd.But For the first few years of the characters life in 2000AD , he didn't look that stone faced .{ you actually look about right }If they wanted to go the full mile, Urban could wear subtle (sin city's Merv style} prosphetics to give him the chin and grimace.

  • July 23, 2010, 6:20 a.m. CST

    IN AN IDEAL WORLD

    by kwisatzhaderach

    Stephen Lang would be Dredd. Holy shit, that would be amazing. Good call gakchat.

  • July 23, 2010, 6:23 a.m. CST

    The Dark Judges or Cursed Earth sagas....

    by Rameses

    Are the only stories I can see working film wise.Dredd is a difficult character to translate on screen.Hes a ruthless very hard to like fascist bully.It's like having Bale or Keatons Batman , roughing up and collaring innocent peaple and doing the " I'm Batman " bit.At least those Dredd stories ,show him up against such extreme villians , that he comes across as a brutal hero , rather than petty ,over officious traffic cop.For some reason the film makers keep saying that they plan the Judge Death as a sequel and then choose such a lacklustre first story , that it bombs and never gets that far.

  • July 23, 2010, 6:30 a.m. CST

    Those complaining about Urbans height and build...

    by Rameses

    I'm not sure why peaple are under the impression that you need Stallone or Arnie to play Dredd.The character has never been especially bulky/superhero ish in size and some early versions , show him as sinewy if anything. Even Bollands version looks average build ,Under all his bulky out-fitting and padding .

  • July 23, 2010, 6:36 a.m. CST

    Stephan Lang...

    by Rameses

    would actually be a very cool choice.He came across as a little cartoony in Avatar , but Dredd is so over the top , that it would work fine.Dredds character has always seemed , more military drill instructor , than police force anyway{Clint Eastwood in Heartbreak Ridge was spot on}

  • July 23, 2010, 6:38 a.m. CST

    OK casting. I liked Stallone, it was the story that sucked.

    by Mr Nicholas

  • July 23, 2010, 6:43 a.m. CST

    Dark Judges = Venom

    by Amity75

    Be careful what you wish for.

  • July 23, 2010, 6:43 a.m. CST

    Hmmm can't see it...he dont have much CHIN

    by quantize

    ....

  • July 23, 2010, 6:56 a.m. CST

    One word: converted.

    by ricarleite2

    Mark my words.

  • July 23, 2010, 7:19 a.m. CST

    "Dark Judges = Venom"

    by buggerbugger

    Exactly.

  • July 23, 2010, 7:19 a.m. CST

    Could be worse choice. Shoud've been Ray Stevenson though.

    by Hint_of_Smegma

    That guy IS Dredd. End of story.

  • July 23, 2010, 8:10 a.m. CST

    Rob Schneider killed the Dredd movie

    by Grammaton Cleric Binks

    Fact.

  • July 23, 2010, 8:20 a.m. CST

    NO, NO, NO! Urban doesn't have the chin for this!

    by Cervantes

    ...Dredd needs to have a great chin for the movie, like say, Aaron Eckhart's.<P>I like Urban a lot, but the bottom-half of his face just won't inspire for this role. Better that it went to an unknown with a great mouth and jawline, rather than someone who the PROBABLY WILL end up wanting to show anyway!

  • July 23, 2010, 8:24 a.m. CST

    Agreed. Comic side-kick killed the movie.

    by V'Shael

    But removing the helmet took a long piss on its open grave.

  • July 23, 2010, 8:27 a.m. CST

    @Grammaton Cleric Binks

    by AlienFanatic

    TBH, I'd say that Armand Assante was even worse. Rob was relatively harmless as the comic relief, though he was over the top in the tunnel chase. No, I think the whole, "You want a new beginning?! I AM THE NEW BEGINNING!" level of ridiculous over-emoting was the problem for me. (Also the fact that Assante, who's supposed to match Dredd physically, had girl arms and a pot belly kind of gave me the same "threat vibe" as Vernon Wells did in Commando.) There were some interesting shots in Dredd, and frankly some good actors (Lane and Von Sydow,in particular), but I can see why folks didn't like it.

  • July 23, 2010, 8:35 a.m. CST

    I_Max_U_Mini, nice mock-up which shows...

    by Cervantes

    ...just why Karl Urban just doesn't have the right look for this role! Any chance you could do one showing Aaron Eckhart's chin instead. That's the kind of face we need I reckon.

  • July 23, 2010, 8:41 a.m. CST

    Too bad Mickey Rourke screwed up his face

    by AlienFanatic

    ...or he'd have been the ideal Dredd. He has the presence, the jaw, the voice (and growl), and the attitude but whatever he did to his mouth ruined it. Tragic that he could have been the absolute, perfect guy for the role.

  • July 23, 2010, 8:42 a.m. CST

    Urban was good in Star Trek, but as Dredd?

    by Stalkeye

    I'm not feelin' it. Even after watching the wretched DOOM, I don't really think he's right for a hardboiled action vechile like Dredd.Gak is soo dead on in regards to casting Lang for the part.Fuck, too bad internet petitions lack credibility otherwise, we would be seeing a whole new turnover.

  • July 23, 2010, 9:10 a.m. CST

    Should have been Ray "THIRTEEN!!!!" Stevenson

    by JIMBOCOP

    Chin? Check! Voice? Check! Height? Check! My mate knows him and says he's a great bloke. Clancy Brown would have been perfect too a few years back. Picture Sgt Zim/The Kurgan growling "I AM THE LAW". Even Mark (6ft 2") would be better than Urban. Have these people even SEEN Doom????

  • July 23, 2010, 9:11 a.m. CST

    Doh!

    by JIMBOCOP

    Even Mark (6ft 2") Strong would be better than Urban. Damn typos.

  • July 23, 2010, 9:15 a.m. CST

    Urban was one of the best things in ST'09

    by ToMonicker

    I don't really have much of an opinion of him being Dredd, as well, there isn't much yet to go as speculation. Dredd is definitely patterned on Dirty Harry, Carlos, I believe had him in mind or is it John Wagner I'm thinking of? <p> @ Ramses, that Judge Minty thing looks awesome, spot on in so many ways, and a FAN FILM effort to boot! <p> I'm not sold on this scenario as a good vehicle to get Dredd up and running, but I could always be pleasantly surprised. What would be even more clever is to sprinkle a little Judge Death in this one, and leave it dangling at the end. Heck, make him the reason why Anderson was scoring so low in the first place, his psychic disturbance, ie, premonitions of doom. It could be a minor theme, teased heavily at the end, as Anderson comes to grip with her psi abilities and duties as a Judge. <p> I tried re-watching Stallone's Dredd, and while not completely awful, it suffers from many missteps, and some performances phoned in. <p> At this point, unless it's a strong showing and a confident piece, I bet they end up doing re-shoots, or coverage insurance of Urban with the helmet off.

  • July 23, 2010, 9:16 a.m. CST

    slaine70 or Greg!

    by BadlyDubbedPorn

    Can I just thank you for your great art work over the years, and the Judge Minty props so far look spot on, am looking forward to it, cheers mate.

  • July 23, 2010, 9:21 a.m. CST

    BRIT SENSIBILITY

    by digginjim

    Dredd is a cool 'property' (hate that word), but needs to retain the utterly nihilistic and yet funny tone of the comic books. its a world where extreme things happen and life is pretty worthless. Stallones effort wasn't even recognisable as anything close to Dredd. If they keep it dark, inject some twisted humour and keep the fucking helmet on then I'm in.

  • July 23, 2010, 9:21 a.m. CST

    @Killik- I just about agree with you, but-

    by ToMonicker

    It's already in the works. I always envisioned an AKIRA syle animated feature... Google that fan film JUDGE MINTY, see what just FANS are capable of. In fact, somebody should email the production of the new Dredd film, show them that they have no excuse on slacking on the details.

  • July 23, 2010, 9:24 a.m. CST

    You want a chin? Aaron Eckhart!

    by Mistahtibbs

    Yeah! He has the build AND the chin. I vote Eckhart!

  • July 23, 2010, 9:24 a.m. CST

    Not sure about this.

    by papersand

    Wait and see time.

  • July 23, 2010, 9:31 a.m. CST

    Eckhart would work

    by thatfilmlover

    if he doesn't take the mask off. If he does, you need somebody with star power, which, unfortunately, Eckhart doesn't have

  • July 23, 2010, 9:33 a.m. CST

    Michelle Rodriguez as Dredd!

    by thatfilmlover

    joke.

  • July 23, 2010, 10 a.m. CST

    I'm OK with the casting

    by AsimovLives

    Unliek many, i already knew that Urban is a good actor with a good onscreen presence, i didn't need a bad Star Trek movie to tell me that. The guy will make a fine Judsge Dredd. Can't wait to see the movie.

  • July 23, 2010, 11:45 a.m. CST

    Isn't Judge Death in the current script?

    by catlettuce4

    Thought I'd read that somewhere.

  • July 23, 2010, 12:05 p.m. CST

    I dunno Asi

    by Stalkeye

    I never heard of Urban until I saw the Movie adaptation of DOOM. (DOOM the VG is known for being The grandaddy of 1st person shooters.)And man did it suck, as far as i know the guy never had any other major parts until Trek (or as you refer to it as Dreck/STINO/STINKO.)<p>but yeah, that's when i realize this guy has potential, he may not look the part for Dredd but considering how Sly fucked up the film, it's a better deal.I'm still sold on lang.

  • July 23, 2010, 12:17 p.m. CST

    Bones has to eat

    by Jabroni

    Sounds fine to me

  • July 23, 2010, 12:40 p.m. CST

    RAY STEVENSON

    by Hervoyel

    "I AM... THIRRRRRRRTEEEEEEEEEEEN!!!!"

  • July 23, 2010, 2:31 p.m. CST

    KilliK as in KilliK the Blood?

    by Stalkeye

    Yes I am a Geek so fuck off.Yeah, I'm aware that Wolfenstein was the first out the gate, but goddamn it if DOOM didnt take all the spotlight to the extent that muthafuckers were like.."wolfen-what??"I never really played the game with the exception of the XBL Demo for the remake.Maybe one day, i'll buy the used copy although it only received mediocre reviews, I like high concept 1st person shooters from Jericho to Singularity so I'm sure Wolf is a solid game.Now that being said, where's my DOOM remake for XB 360 Dammit?

  • July 23, 2010, 2:48 p.m. CST

    If SAY YES TO THE DRESS' Randy is out, then I vote...

    by planetran_fan

    ...for Statham!

  • July 23, 2010, 2:59 p.m. CST

    Yeah, weren't they gonna make a WOLFENSTEIN movie?

    by ToMonicker

    Or did it already happen and I missed it? Unlike DOOM, I actually did play that game... Jesus, that seems like a million years ago. <p> Cue the jokes in the press about this being a more URBAN DREDD...

  • July 23, 2010, 3:10 p.m. CST

    You want chin? Get Bruce Campbell.

    by MoistMuskyCamelToe

    Helmet stays on to hide the wrinkles. Chin prominently displayed and the cleft does all the talking. Layer on some armor to hide the pudge and *poof* instant Dredd, just add cash. That is all.

  • July 23, 2010, 3:13 p.m. CST

    HEAT-SEEKER! RICOCHET! ARMOUR PIERCING! INCENDIARY! ETC!

    by Lord Albion

    Whilst I must agree that Ray Stevenson would get my vote, checking out the mock-up by I_Max_U_Mini I was reminded of Carlos Ezquerra's early Dredd, and don't forget, this is the artist who created the character. The square jaw and muscles were a later version, probably best attributed to Brian Bolland. As for the helmet. On. End of. Dredd is an antihero. A symbol of the fascist state and totally unwavering (alright mostly unwavering) in his dedication to the law. He has virtually no character or personality. He is the rock that mega-city one sprawls around. The interest in Dredd stories shouldn't come from the Judge but from the perps, crimes, fads and technology that the city reveals. Ultimately you know Dredd is going to shoot or iso-cube the bad guy, but it is the satirical wink along the way that makes a great Dredd tale. As for the last Dredd film, yes it stank for the most part but there were some moments of brilliance that took my breath away at how faithfully they were recreated such as the Block War and the city wall and entrance into the Cursed Earth. Personally, I have always thought that Rogue Trooper would make for a better film!

  • July 23, 2010, 3:13 p.m. CST

    "first Punisher movie when they didn't even put the skull on his

    by TakingScorpiosCalls

    Who gives a shit Dolph is the best Punny the others suck sweaty nuts.

  • July 23, 2010, 5:27 p.m. CST

    Lord_Albion,,

    by Rameses

    The other bit the Dredd movie did well , was Mean Machine Angel.If he had run around with Dredd in the side kick role {as some truce/ to save pa and his brothers from execution by the chief judges or some shit}It would have made for a much better and odder film .As for the block war, I thought the movie didn't get it right.The perps in the comic seem to be just accountents and shopworkers, pushed over the edge into deadly conflict with their neighbours.The guys in the film just seemed like average gang/criminal scum.

  • July 23, 2010, 8:05 p.m. CST

    Ain't Will Smith buying this role for his son?

    by Tikidonkeypunch

  • July 23, 2010, 11:22 p.m. CST

    Urban gotta eat!

    by planetran_fan

  • July 24, 2010, 9:33 a.m. CST

    There's only one choice for 'the jaw

    by kingralphuk

    Former F1 driver, David Coulthard. Now, any of you motherfucka's care to disagree with me? http://thumbs. dreamstime.com/thumb_233/ 1202144741WWBs7v.jpg

  • July 24, 2010, 5:10 p.m. CST

    When making a Judge Dredd movie...

    by DuncanDisorderly

  • July 24, 2010, 5:13 p.m. CST

    OI !! URBAN - NO!!!

    by marineboy

    Great actor, but not Dredd. PERLMAN FFS!!! As mentioned earlier, he's the right age, height, gravitas and a chin to die for.

  • July 24, 2010, 5:24 p.m. CST

    Fuck it! I'll try again...

    by DuncanDisorderly

    <p>When making a Judge Dredd movie there are only two things you need to get right:<p> <p>1. Mega-City One. High unemployment, high boredom factor, huge population, astronomical crime rate.<p> <p>2. Judge Joe Dredd. Cloned from the great founder of Justice, Chief Judge Fargo. A real "take charge, take-no-shit, you're going to resyk" kinda guy. He is tough, but fair. He is Old Stony Face. HE IS THE LAW!<P> <p>The Stallone debacle portrayed Mega-City One very well. Unfortunately, it fucked up the portrayal of Dredd. Still, what does that matter? He was only the titular character.<p>