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Watch Karl Urban Grimace His Way Through New Trailer For ‘Dredd’ June 21, 2012

by Anthony Pascale , Filed under: Celebrity,Sci-Fi,ST09 Cast , trackback

Karl Urban, Star Trek’s new Dr. McCoy, is starring in another big sci-fi movie – Dredd – coming out in September. And today Lionsgate released a full trailer for the film adaptation of the comic book. Check out all the Karl grimacing in a bleak future goodness below. We also have the official synopsis, the new poster and some images from the movie too.


Karl Urban is Dredd – check out the trailer

Watch Karl lay down the law in Dredd

Here is the official synopsis from Lionsgate…

The future America is an irradiated waste land. On its East Coast, running from Boston to Washington DC, lies Mega City One- a vast, violent metropolis where criminals rule the chaotic streets. The only force of order lies with the urban cops called "Judges" who possess the combined powers of judge, jury and instant executioner. Known and feared throughout the city, Dredd (Karl Urban) is the ultimate Judge, challenged with ridding the city of its latest scourge – a dangerous drug epidemic that has users of "Slo-Mo" experiencing reality at a fraction of its normal speed.

During a routine day on the job, Dredd is assigned to train and evaluate Cassandra Anderson (Olivia Thirlby), a rookie with powerful psychic abilities thanks to a genetic mutation. A heinous crime calls them to a neighborhood where fellow Judges rarely dare to venture- a 200 story vertical slum controlled by prostitute turned drug lord Ma-Ma (Lena Headey) and her ruthless clan. When they capture one of the clan’s inner circle, Ma-Ma overtakes the compound’s control center and wages a dirty, vicious war against the Judges that proves she will stop at nothing to protect her empire. With the body count climbing and no way out, Dredd and Anderson must confront the odds and engage in the relentless battle for their survival.

The endlessly inventive mind of writer Alex Garland and director Pete Travis bring DREDD to life as a futuristic neo-noir action film. Filmed in 3D with stunning slow motion photography sequences, the film returns the celebrated character to the dark, visceral incarnation from John Wagner and Carlos Ezquerra’s revered comic strip.

And here is the new official poster and some stills


Dredd hits the theaters on September 21, 2012.



1. Craig - June 21, 2012

Batman Voice


2. Basement Blogger - June 21, 2012

i’ll say it again. More McCoy. (Karl Urban) Yeah, I know Star Trek is in the can but I hope Bob, Alex and Damon wrote more lines for McCoy. He usually gets the funniest lines in Star Trek. Plus, I tend to be sympathetic to Bones bleeding heart views. Plus, Star Trek (TOS) was many times about the troika. See “The Empath.”

As for Dredd. Urban seems to be channeling Clint Eastwood. Looks interesting. And according to Is it Real or Fake 3D?, Dredd was filmed in 3D.

3. Craiger - June 21, 2012

He sounds and looks like Arnold with the helmet on.

4. Matt K - June 21, 2012

Agreed on the Clint Eastwood channeling, I was thinking the same thing.

5. MJ - June 21, 2012

I am surprising myself by actually liking this trailer. Looks like a late 80’s sci-fi action throwback with lots of guns. Cool !

6. Edgar Pegg - June 21, 2012

Damn it Jim, I’m a Doctor not a Judge!

7. Peter N - June 21, 2012

“You look ready.” I’ll wait to hear it in context, but not a very inspiring line to place in a trailer! The action sequences look cool, though… hopefully the dialogue can keep up (or be no more than a step behind).

8. Keachick - rose pinenut - June 21, 2012

This is very belated, but on 7 June this month, Karl Urban reached the big four – o in age. Happy birthday, Karl, very belated though it is. John Cho on 16 June also reached the big four – o, so Happy Birthday to John Cho as well.

Also Zachary Quinto turned 35 years old on 2 June and Zoe Saldana just became 34 years old on 19 June.

We have four Geminis (June births) in our new cast.

Happy Birthday and Many Happy Returns to All!

Next birthdays to come – JJ Abrams – 27 June, Bob Orci – 20 July, Bruce Greenwood – 12 August, Chris Pine – 26 August and Alex Kurtzman – 7 September!

9. Keachick - rose pinenut - June 21, 2012

I’m sorry, but I really do not like these kind of movies…Bring on People Like Us

10. MJ - June 21, 2012

@9. But you liked Transformers: Revenge of the Fallen???

11. Red Dead Ryan - June 21, 2012

This trailer was pretty good. I’m going to keep an open mind. At first, I thought the movie had the potential to suck. After seeing the trailer, I’m thinking it might actually be good.


Yeah, I’m confused about that too.

12. TonyD - June 21, 2012

I like Karl Urban (more McCoy in the next Trek movie please) and I like the Dredd character, but that trailer just looked like a cheap SyFy Channel TV movie with absolutely horrible production values.

The Stallone Dredd movie had more than its share of problems (Rob Schneider ruining every scene he was in being a major one) but at least the got the look right and managed to make a visually striking movie.

I wasn’t expecting much given that this is a low budget Lionsgate production but it looked even worse than I expected.

13. J.A.G.T. - June 21, 2012

so… compared to the bloody humourless Stallone version of the nineties at least this time they got the helmet right… but the whole rest of the costume not… geez, I’m bored already

14. Nick - June 21, 2012

I want to like this, but the trailer is not altogether inspiring.

However, it is just a trailer … maybe keeping their powder dry perhaps?

I will go though to support Karl, his performance will be worth the price of admission alone!

15. VZX - June 21, 2012

Cool, he is the law!

16. MJ - June 21, 2012

@14. Yep. For example, Karl made Pathfinder enjoyable.

17. Dee - lvs moon' surface - June 21, 2012

I think I’ll check this film because of Karl Urban and Olivia Thirlby … ;-) ;-)

18. Shilliam Watner (Click for Trek Ships Poster) - June 21, 2012

“I yam the law!”

Not sure about this one. I’ll probably let the reviews decide whether I see this one or not. What’s with Urban’s Batman voice? Who started this whole hero-must-talk-raspy thing, anyway? Was it Kurt Russell in Escape From New York? Is it his fault?

19. Montreal_Paul - June 21, 2012

This actually looks good. Way better than the Stallone version for sure. I’ll have to check it out.

20. Miraclefan - June 21, 2012

I really hope this film doesn’t suck.

So far it looks good.
#12 The reason for the poor production look of the movie is because of a restrictive $45 Million dollar budget.

A Proper Judge Dredd film would need a $100 M+ budget.

21. Nony - June 21, 2012

Will see. I think the effects look pretty good considering the budget. They’re probably going to be milking that 3D for all it’s worth.

Also, I’m glad they’re not pasting his name all over all the advertising for this, and he won’t take off the helmet. That way, if it sucks, nobody will know it was him and his career won’t get a Taylor Kitsch-style drubbing, and if it doesn’t suck, everyone can go ‘hey, who’s that guy?’ :)

22. Emperor Mike of the Empire - June 21, 2012

I can’t wait to see this. Look’s Good.

23. Ahmed - June 21, 2012

I don’t know about the rest of you, but I wasn’t that impressed with the trailer. Somehow it made “Dredd” look like a B movie!

24. mattR - June 21, 2012

Seems pretty terrible to me. I think it looks visually cool, but the acting and dialogue sound terrible. I’m sure it’ll be better than the first film, but it doesn’t look that promising. I personally think the rebooted Total Recall looks MUCH more well done.

25. NanoTechDudeLA - June 21, 2012

I too am hoping for the best, but the acting seems quite bad, as unfortunately expected from Mr. Urban… And is it just me or the helmet looks ridiculous?

26. Canadianknight - June 21, 2012

Hoping for the best.

Hell… it would be nigh-impossible to make something worse than the Stallone version.

So long as this is DARK… and frackiin’ Rob Schneider is no where to be seen…

27. Irishtrekkie - June 21, 2012

I like the fact they did not go over the top with the future thing, no tron legacy/minority report super flashiness, guess thats down to the budget.

but it comes off alot more gritty and real, then that stallone movie. so as a fan of 2000AD comics , it does seem a bit closer to the source material.

so far this year the lower budget sci fi movies have been far more enjoyable in my opinion, both Iron sky and lockout, where million miles better then battleship and MIB 3.

28. njdss4 - June 21, 2012

Looks kinda dumb. Just like the other Dredd movie. Olivia Thirlby is hot, but that’s not enough to go see the movie. Plus, Urban’s raspy “Batman voice” doesn’t help. Pass.

Also seemed like they made the movie specifically to then turn into a video game. I wonder how bad that’ll be.

29. Sebastian S. - June 21, 2012

Much as I admire Karl Urban’s works (loved his performance in “Red” as well), I really don’t think I’ll be checking this one out. Not a big fan of “2000 AD” (the source comic) or the first “Judge Dredd” movie (it was just brutal and dumb; I expected more wit and satire like “Robocop” or “Demolition Man” and it really had very little to none of that). There’s just no compelling factors to get me to see this.

But I wish Urban all the best in it, and here’s hoping this opens doors for him (as did ST and Lord of the Rings). He’s a wonderful actor! His McCoy is one of the best things (among many) of ST09.


30. Harcourt F. Mudd - June 21, 2012

As a fan of Judge Dredd, since 2000 AD’s birth in 1977, I must admit that I quite enjoyed that trailer. Mega City doesn’t look too much like the bizarre place it is in the comic, but I do like the grittiness evidenced here. Fingers crossed that they get to do a sequel with Judge Death and his brothers. It’s what everyone is waiting for. Actually, the Mouth of Sauron in the extended edition of LOTR: Return Of The King really reminded me that Judge Death could be realized cinematically, in all his repulsive beauty.

31. Hat Rick - June 21, 2012

All I can say is that this movie appears to portray significant violations of due process.

32. Capt. of the U.S.S. Anduril - June 21, 2012

“I am the law.” At least he didn’t shout it every five minutes.

33. Viking - June 22, 2012

September, 2012. Get Your Dredd On.

They should use that tagline……………

34. Vultan - June 22, 2012

Dredd must’ve gotten one of those chin reduction surgeries that are so popular in Hollywood these days.

35. Nuallain - June 22, 2012

They’ve very much gone for the “Dirty Harry of the Future” aspect haven’t they? In fact it’s easy to imagine some rejuvinated clone of Clint Eastwood is lurking under the helmet instead of Urban.

I suspect some will be disappointed there’s little of the satrical silliness on show that some love the strip for but Judge Dredd has always flipped wildly between subgenres from story to story and they really have to pick just one for the movie. Nice to see the tradition of there always being some weird new, futuristic, crimes/drugs/tech continued too.

36. - June 22, 2012

Urban has great screen presence and this is looking great.

37. Nomad - June 22, 2012

Not inspired by this string of cliches – All it needs is someone saying ‘lock and load’. Also – this is supposed to be the future!? The comic strip began as being set in 2099. There’s no way you’d know from the trailer. The vehicles, buildings and fashions all look modern-day. Is futuristic the new passe? Or vice versa?

38. Calastir - June 22, 2012

I love Dredd! Though his tactics wouldn’t be welcome in Starfleet, that’s for sure.

39. wee harry - June 22, 2012

#30 I couldn’t agree more.

having been a fan since the early 80’s (i was a bit young in 77) i have been looking forward to this in the hope they right the wrongs of the shameful 95 version.

hopefully if this is successful we get to see Judge Death in a sequel, although to be fair, personally i think the depth of the world of dredd that has been built up over 30-odd years would be better served as a TV series on HBO or similar.

incidentally, a few people have referred to urban’s similarity to clint eastwood – to my mind, he was always written that way and bore a visual resemblence to clint eastwood. in fact, in the comic strip, the city blocks where citizens of mega-city one lived were all named after famous people or characters (don’t know if they’ve carried that into the film) and judge dredd himself lived in the Rowdy Yates Apartments, named after the character Eastwood played in ‘Rawhide’.

one thing i got from the trailer was what seemed to be a distinct similarity of plot to the recent excellent martial arts film ‘the raid’.

40. Elias Javalis - June 22, 2012

I dont know. Feels like a web movie. Like the excellent Mortal Kombat web series. But web stuff is an other thing, a real movie is an other. Honestly, its totally unimpressive, bland i d say.

41. danielcraigismywookiebitch - June 22, 2012

I was at the Burbank Test screening on Wed night, Karl does a great job with what he has to work with, and Olivia is always a nice distraction on the screen. But the movie is plauged by a week script and poor direction.

42. Drij - June 22, 2012

Stallone was better.

43. CmdrR - June 22, 2012

Looks like the producers could have hired any chin in Hollywood for this movie.

Sorry. Fail.

44. afrohawk - June 22, 2012

He’s Dredd Jim!!

45. Nick Cook - June 22, 2012

I’m a fairly casual fan of the Dredd character, and I’ve been looking forward to this. Enjoyed the trailer, lover that Urban was clearly channeling Eastwood as Dirty Harry.

I’ll be going to see this one. :)

46. Jack - June 22, 2012

44. Beautiful.

47. Obsidian - June 22, 2012

I like Karl Urban. He does a great McCoy.

48. VulcanFilmCritic - June 23, 2012

Next time, hire an American. A nice corn-fed, milk-bred, steroid-injected, overgrown American.

49. Nuallain - June 23, 2012

#37: Surely, as with most SF, the whole ‘catching up to the future’ effect means that the idea of us having a Mega City like the one in the comics in the next 87 years seems less likely than what the Dredd movies delivers?

While a difference from the comics, I could certainly believe that, in the face of a global collapse, our grandkids would be driving cars from the 2010s and 2020s that, Cuban style, were kept going through the increasingly imaginative/desperate feats of mechanics. And that a city founded as a massive refugee camp for survivors would consist mainly of massive, utilitarian, identical blocks rather than the outlandish campery of the comic book city’s design.

50. Straight Up Woody - June 23, 2012

I agree with #1. Karl Urban does have the voice to make a new “Batman” after the current franchise has ended later this year. I propose that they make it a TV series instead this time.

51. Dances With Klingons - June 23, 2012

I’ve seen this movie story before. It’s a combo of Robocop 2 meetsthe Die Hard franchise. And Kevin Conroy is the ONLY great Batman voice.

52. CarlG - June 23, 2012

I’m convinced that Karl Urban is a character actor trapped in an action hero’s body.

Evil Lena Heady? You have my attention

53. Keachick - rose pinenut - June 23, 2012

I caught a slight kiwi accent in there. That’s my compatriot, Karl…Yeah.

It seems that only 800 million people survive the whatever and among them is a hunky Kiwi guy who becomes Judge Dredd. I can live with that!

54. Dan Dare - June 24, 2012

John Wagner’s creation of Dredd back in 1977 from the comic “2000ad” was based on Clint Eastwood’s Dirty Harry, hence the resemblance. Glad they have incorporated this similarity into the film.

Very exciting this for me, as I loved the comic 2000ad when it first came out in 1977 (I was 10) and I still have the first couple of hundred “Progs” in my Mum’s loft.

55. Dan Dare - June 24, 2012

*for the comic “2000ad”*…typo, sorry

56. Michael - June 24, 2012

Keachick, my birthday is Feb 26. Please add that to your list. Thank you. :)

57. Hugh Hoyland - June 24, 2012

I never cracked open a Dredd comic before so that may be one reason why I actually like Sylvester Stallones version ( fans say it was nothing like the comics though).

But this version looks pretty cool IMO. I may check it out. Looks gritty to me.

58. Keachick - rose pinenut - June 24, 2012

#56 – Will do. Bear in mind though, the person who has the birth date of 26 August beside his name receives extra special consideration…:)

59. Son of Captain Garth - June 25, 2012

I find it humorous that someone would take umbrage with Urban using a raspy voice for Dredd. What’s he supposed to sound like–Richard Simmons? “C’mon guys, just a few more leg kicks–get that cardio up before I blow you away! You go, girl!”

Honestly, people will go out of their way to nitpick.

I’m just glad Urban actually articulates his syllables. I’m not sure if it was the sound engineer or if Stallone had marbles in his mouth, but I couldn’t make out a damn thing he was saying in the earlier Dredd movie. Oh, and bonus–no Rob Schneider!

60. Harcourt F. Mudd - June 25, 2012

I am 40 years old now, but I must say, Judge Dredd was a consistent feature throughout my childhood and teens. I was completely hooked on all things Dredd. Since then, I have grown-up to be a humanitarian and a Free Burma activist. Just goes to show that such media have little affect on young minds.

The Cursed Earth would make for an epic, sensational HBO min-series, as would Judge Cal… So much great material that is waiting for the full cinematic/TV treatment. Next, Dark Judges, please.

For the geeks, I spent an hour chatting with Pat Mills about Dredd and 2000 AD back in the early 90s. I also met original Dredd artist, Carlos Ezquerra. I still have the sketch he gave me of Strontium Dog (another property desperate to get made cinematically). All this shit coming out of Hollywood, and there in 2000AD are stories and characters that would blow people away.

61. Patrick Gleeson - June 25, 2012

@ 54 I was just about to post pretty much the exact same message – we’re the same age too :-) Our collection must be worth a few quid now …

62. ZeroBANG - June 25, 2012

liked the Trailer… but what the hell is up with the Background Music, i can’t decide if it’s Mass Effect, Deus Ex or Tron Legacy what i’m hearing… enough with the soundtrack recycling in Trailers pls!

and w00t : Judge Dredd – Main Theme by Jerry Goldsmith

why not work with the original stuff if you recycle stuff anyway?

63. Chuckunit - June 27, 2012

This looks pretty compelling. What I think sets Dredd apart that I love is its black sense of humor, and the wicked potshots it would take on society. Looks like they got the grim and gritty….we’ll see about the rest. Stallone’s film was about as subtly humorous as a pair of clown shoes. is represented by Gorilla Nation. Please contact Gorilla Nation for ad rates, packages and general advertising information.