Karl Urban's dark Dredd

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In a violent, futuristic city where the police have the authority to act as judge, jury and executioner, a cop named Dredd (Karl Urban) teams with a trainee (Olivia Thirby) to take down a gang that deals the reality-altering drug, SLO-MO. Lena Headey portrays Ma Ma, the villainous prostitute-turned-drug lord whose also head of the drug-dealing gang. After one of her own is taken by Dredd's clan, Ma Ma wages a vicious war against the Judges that proves she will stop at nothing to protect her empire. Based on the 2000 AD comic book by Carlos Ezquerra & John Wagner, Dredd 3D is brought to life by screenwriter Alex Garland and director Pete Travis.
September 20th, 2010

Karl Urban's portrayal of iconic comic book character Judge Dredd will be "much darker" than Sylvester Stallone's interpretation.

The 38-year-old actor - who is best known for playing nervous doctor Leonard 'Bones' McCoy in 2009's 'Star Trek' - revealed he won't be removing his character's iconic helmet, as he feels Sylvester Stallone "blew the enigma" of Dredd when he did in the 1995 film.

He explained: "I think somewhere along the line Stallone's film was a missed opportunity. As soon as he took his helmet off the enigma was blown. Our film is going to be darker in tone, and we've got the benefit of modern filmmaking and technology to help us."

Karl also revealed his happiness with the script, calling it a "fresh" take on the comic book character.

"Alex Garland has done a fantastic job of writing a script that's faithful to the world Wagner created, yet completely fresh in its execution."

The New Zealand-born star - who is set to start shooting the remake, entitled 'Dredd', in South Africa in ten weeks - admitted having the helmet covering his eyes has posed a challenge in terms of acting.

He explained to Empire online: "You're taught as an actor that if you take away the eyes you have to think about what you're left with - there's the voice; there's body language. How a character does what he does speaks volumes. So those are the tools I will have to employ."