Attention, citizens: The first trailer for Dredd, the upcoming live-action adaptation of the legendary British comic strip from 2000 AD magazine, has been released, and it is packed with blazing, rollicking — slow motion!
Yeah, there’s a lot of firepower on display, but what’s likely to catch your attention is how many scenes are shot in glorious slo-mo. That’s probably because the film’s plot sees a new designer drug called “Slo-Mo” taking over the mean streets and mile-high block towers of Mega City One — a future metropolis that stretches from Boston to Washington, D.C. Into that world steps Judge Dredd (Karl Urban), a legal one-man judge, jury and executioner!
Dredd opens Sept. 21.
This is shaping up to be a big week for Dredd, the forthcoming adaptation of legendary British comic strip Judge Dredd, from the long-running weekly anthology 2000 AD. We have new behind-the-scenes photos from the set, and we’ve been told to expect the first trailer Thursday. (It’s likely to be just a teaser, but I’ll take it.)
Today’s offerings show Karl Urban as Judge Dredd and Olivia Thirlby as Judge Anderson shooting a couple of scenes. That could be Deobia Oparei, who plays Judge Alvarez, next to Anderson, but I’m not sure. We can’t really tell what’s going on, but the uniforms look cool.
Anderson and Dredd
We’re starting to get glimpses of the new film adaptation of the legendary British comic series Judge Dredd, called simply Dredd, and while I am… er, still waiting to be impressed, I am buoyed by the newest images. This latest, depicting Judges Anderson and Dredd, is excellent. I know it’s early, but Dredd‘s September release date will be here quickly, and the intervening summer will boast the big-budget, big-name The Avengers and The Dark Knight Rises, so this rather obscure in the USA (but wildly popular in Great Britain) property needs to build some name recognition quickly.
The movie stars Karl Urban – who turned heads as Dr. McCoy in 2009’s rebooted Star Trek, but he established his action cred as Vaako in The Chronicles of Riddick – playing Joe Dredd, a legendary judge in futuristic Mega-City One.