Will a new Judge Dredd film finally bring cinematic justice for fans of the 2000 AD character? Karl Urban wears the uniform (and will not be taking off the helmet!) in Dredd 3D. Olivia Thirlby plays Anderson the psychic Judge-in-training who had her own spinoff comic book series. The stars welcomed fans to a sneak preview of the upcoming Lionsgate film during San Diego Comic Con. Thirlby spoke with Dread Central about why the reboot appealed ot her.
“The appeal was the amazing script and the amazing character that Alex Garland wrote for this. Dredd didn’t read like a normal genre script; the characters felt so real and the circumstances felt so realistic. There’s something I really like about the heroes in this film and about this world in general. They are just men and women really; they don’t have superhuman strength, or they’re not gods from a different planet- they’re just really brave and they feel really real to me.”
The actress says she looked to the classic comic book to help prep for the role.
“There are the comic books, definitely. Those had the same kind of feel that this version had so they were helpful. I picked up on a lot of the dry humor to this world, too- that kind of humor that comes from desperation where the humor just begins to leak out in very dark ways. All that really informed what we were doing, definitely.”
Here’s the trailer:
For more of her interview here’s the Dread Central link. Alex Garland is author of The Beach and wrote for script for Danny Boyle’s 28 Days Later and Sunshine. Dredd 3D opens September 21st. By Editor