Dredd 3D castings

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Dredd 3D Casts

Karl Urban as Dredd:
A famed and feared Judge. Producer Allon Reich described Dredd as “an extreme character, and he administers justice with an extreme lack of prejudice”. Urban approached the producers about joining the film. He found the role challenging because the character never removes his helmet, requiring Urban to convey emotion without using his eyes. He viewed the character as an average man with an insanely tough job in a fragmenting society and likened Dredd’s heroism to that of a fireman. The role also demanded physical preparation; Urban undertook intensive physical training to become a “beast of a man”. He also underwent weapons and technical training to learn how to operate under fire, arrest criminals and breach doors. He insisted on performing his own motorcycle stunts for the film. He played Dredd with a raspy and harsh vocal tone akin to “a saw cutting through bone”, which he found difficult to sustain.

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Wood Harris as Kay:
Ma-Ma’s clansman. Harris described the character as a villain, but one that sees himself as no worse than the Judges. Harris said: ” … Dredd goes around literally judging and killing people if they do wrong … Anyone who goes against the system might end up the bad guy. So I think Kay has justified fighting that in his mind.”
The cast also includes: Domhnall Gleeson as the gang’s unnamed computer expert; Warrick Grier as Ma-Ma’s right-hand man Caleb; DeObia Oparei as TJ, Peach Trees’ medic; Francis Chouler as Judge Guthrie, Daniel Hadebe as Judge Volt, and Rakie Ayola as the Chief Judge. Langley Kirkwood, Edwin Perry, Karl Thaning, and Michele Levin portray, respectively, the corrupt Judges Lex, Alvarez, Chan, and Kaplan. Dredd also features Junior Singo as Amos and Luke Tyler as Freel, young boys who confront Dredd; Jason Cope as Zwirner, the thug executed by Dredd during the opening scene; Joe Vaz as Big Joe, the thug that leads the confrontation outside of the med station; Scott Sparrow as Japhet, Anderson’s first execution; and Nicole Bailey as Cathy, Japhet’s wife, in whose apartment the Judges take refuge.


Olivia Thirlby as Cassandra Anderson:
A rookie Judge and genetic mutant with powerful psychic abilities. Anderson can sense the thoughts and emotions of others. Thirlby contrasted her character with Dredd’s “black and white” perspective, describing Anderson as existing “in a grey area where everything is enhanced or clouded by the fact [that] she knows what is going on in the very interior of a person”. She undertook weapons and combat training, learning to perform a roundhouse kick to make her believably physically commanding. The character was partially inspired by singer Debbie Harry.

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Lena Headey as Madeline “Ma-Ma” Madrigal:
A former prostitute turned drug lord and criminal kingpin who is the sole supplier of Slo-Mo, a new and addictive drug. Headey’s performance was inspired by punk-rock singer Patti Smith. Reich described the character as someone who does “not care at all about what anybody thinks or feels and she will do, and behave, as she wants”. Headey said: “I think of [Ma-Ma] 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 … She’s an addict, so she’s dead in that way, but that last knock just hasn’t come.” Before Headey’s casting, the character was described as a heavily made-up, scarred and obese older woman.