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Old August 24 2010, 12:01 AM   #61
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Re: The Law Returns. This Time With His Helmet On! Judge Dredd!

Judge "Minty"? Really? What, does he defeat lawlessness with his minty-flavored breath?
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Old August 24 2010, 12:04 AM   #62
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Re: The Law Returns. This Time With His Helmet On! Judge Dredd!

He's nicknamed his lawgiver gun...breath mint...
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Old August 24 2010, 02:01 PM   #63
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Re: The Law Returns. This Time With His Helmet On! Judge Dredd!

Characters with odd names is actually a bid of a tradition. Dredd is silly enough when you think about is but there are plenty others. My favourite example is Dredd's current sidekick/protege: Judge America Beeny.
Of course I'm pretty sure making fun of a Judge's name is punishable by a year in the isocubes.

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Summer's is beautiful but I think she gets suggested for parts like these from fans because we are familiar with her physical prowess and willingness to do her own stunts. While I am a huge fan of hers I don't think she'd be right for this part. The more I think about it the more someone like Kate Beckinsale would be interesting for Dredd's partner. Dredd's partner actually has a pretty juicy character arc of her own in this film. I would suggest that people take Reverend up on his suggestion of searching for a good script review. Maybe I'll post a link to one later this week once I get time.
I didn't mean to suggest they should cast Summer Glau, just that I would.

P.S. Hershey may or may not be in the film. There is an unnamed female Chief Judge in the script and the way she's written in the two scenes she appears it sounds like it's supposed to be Hersey, but it could conceivably be a pre-Long Walk McGruder.

On a related note, anyone have any thoughts on who could play Chief Judge Hershey? I tend to picture Uma Therman in the role but I think that has more to do with cheekbones and that haircut she had in Pulp Fiction than anything else.

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Old August 24 2010, 02:22 PM   #64
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Re: The Law Returns. This Time With His Helmet On! Judge Dredd!

^ I thought along the same lines....why not just recast Diane Lane lol.
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Old August 24 2010, 03:50 PM   #65
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Uma would be good, maybe too old now though? Then again Hershey's no spring chicken (but that assumes you go with Dredd's age being 60+ now which is unlikely given Urban's age-I don't think she should be older than Dredd though.)
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Old August 24 2010, 04:14 PM   #66
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If wikipedia is accurate *tosses a coin* then Hershey was about 37 when she became Chief Judge and had the job for about 9 years. Uma is what? Late 30's? Early 40's? So she's probably about right.
Mind you I think the script describes the unnamed Chief Judge as being in her 50's, so if anything Uma and - more to the point - Hershey is a little young. Perhaps this is supposed to be McGruder after all? Or perhaps no established Judge in particular.

As for Dredd's age; I think there's something about him ageing slower due to his being a clone and using the sleep machine so much, so they can always fudge it a bit. That or Fargo was a Dúnedain.
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Old August 24 2010, 04:59 PM   #67
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Re: The Law Returns. This Time With His Helmet On! Judge Dredd!

Dredd's also had rejuvination treatment after Necropolis...still I don't think he should look as young as, or younger than Hersehy, so with Urban being 38 now I think Uma would be too old as she's 40. don't get me wrong she'd look good as Hershey but she'd look too much like Dredd's contemporary when she should be clearly several graduating classes below him. Taking Urban's age as Dredd's in the film I figure Hershey should be 30/32 maybe? If you use Anderson she'd be younger still (though not that much younger, mid to late 20s maybe).

Be nice to see Giant as well (probably the classic one rather than his son but you could do either)
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Old August 24 2010, 06:54 PM   #68
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Of course they might also have Urban play Dredd as a bit older than he is or at least the helmet might allow it to be left a little ambiguous. Either way, it's unlikely they they'll get too hung up trying to adhere to the comic's continuity by having everyone be the right ages. As with other cross-media adaptations like Batman, Lord of the Rings and the like they're free to cherry pick what works best for the film while still staying true to the material.
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Old August 24 2010, 08:06 PM   #69
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Characters with odd names is actually a bid of a tradition. Dredd is silly enough when you think about is but there are plenty others. My favourite example is Dredd's current sidekick/protege: Judge America Beeny.
In the "Origins" storyline, there's a bit where it is mentioned that the surname "Dredd" was selected for Joe and Rico with the intention of instilling fear in the populace (obviously an after-the-fact justification, but then one of the goals of the story was to apply some patches to Dredd's (dis)continuity; ironically, it just raises the question of why everyone called the original Rico by his first name and why it was used on his badge ).

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There is an unnamed female Chief Judge in the script and the way she's written in the two scenes she appears it sounds like it's supposed to be Hersey, but it could conceivably be a pre-Long Walk McGruder.
Heh, how about making it the post-Long Walk McGruder and slap a beard on the poor actress and make her talk in the first-person plural about herself!
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Old September 4 2010, 03:32 AM   #70
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Re: The Law Returns. This Time With His Helmet On! Judge Dredd!

Judge Anderson has been cast...not who I was expecting but she could work...

http://www.comingsoon.net/news/movienews.php?id=69518
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Old September 4 2010, 07:20 PM   #71
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Don't think I've seen her in anything, but (hair colour aside) she looks about right for the part. Remember that this is an early 20's academy rookie version of Anderson, so she's not supposed to be the 6 foot tall Amazonian looking woman she is in the comics.
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Old September 4 2010, 07:53 PM   #72
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^Well, if you're not 6 feet tall by your early 20s, you're never going to be, so that doesn't really follow. However, there's no requirement that actors be the same height as the characters they're based on, otherwise Hugh Jackman could never have played Wolverine.
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Old September 4 2010, 08:45 PM   #73
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Not that it matters but I don't know that she's supposed to be a six footer in the comics, just that the proportions with which she is drawn (by some artists) gives you that impression of her build. Regardless, I think the script actually describes her as being on the short side.
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Old September 4 2010, 11:42 PM   #74
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^ Yes there is a reference to her height I think when she's first introduced...can't wait for the first trailer for this!
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Old September 6 2010, 08:57 AM   #75
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A small description of the film here...along with confirmation of the casting of Judge Anderson.

http://www.comingsoon.net/news/movienews.php?id=69589
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