Lena Headey Cast As ‘Dredd’ Villain [Updated]

Published 4 years ago by , Updated February 10th, 2012 at 11:49 am,

Lena Headey to play a villain in Dredd Lena Headey Cast As Dredd Villain [Updated]

[UPDATE: Headey has been confirmed as the antagonist in Dredd]

Lena Headey has apparently had her fill of staving off the inevitable apocalypse onscreen. Now the Sarah Connor Chronicles star is going to tear up the streets (or rather, a single apartment block called Peach Trees) of Mega-City One in the reboot/new adaptation of the British sci-fi comic book series Judge Dredd – tagged with the shortened title, Dredd.

Headey reportedly began work on the Judge Dredd reboot last week and is playing the character Madeline Madrigal, a.k.a. Ma-Ma, a vicious gang leader who (violently, of course) butts heads with the titular futuristic lawman.

Judge Dredd Movie News has the scoop on Headey, who’s also widely known for playing Queen Gorgo in 300. Bleeding Cool says that the Dredd script by Alex Garland (28 Days Later) describes Headey’s character, Miss Madrigal, as “a woman in her late fifties or early sixties with a big scar through her cheek and lip.” Obviously Headey is putting on a healthy dose of makeup to portray the elder villainess, who sounds like a more intimidating arch-rival than Rico (Armand Assante) from the Sylvester Stallone-starring Judge Dredd movie released back in 1995.

UPDATE: The Playlist has confirmed that Headey is playing Ma-Ma, the matriarch of a gang that sells the reality-altering narcotic known as SLO-MO to residents of Mega City One in Dredd.

For those not familiar with the source material, here’s the official synopsis for Dredd:

‘Dredd’ takes us to the wild streets of Mega City One, the lone oasis of quasi-civilization on Cursed Earth [in the late 21st century]. Judge Dredd (Karl Urban) is the most feared of elite Street Judges, with the power to enforce the law, sentence offenders and execute them on the spot – if necessary.

Karl Urban Judge Dredd Lena Headey Cast As Dredd Villain [Updated]

Karl Urban as Judge Dredd.

Urban’s version of the deadly Judge is expected to be more similar to the ruthless, take-no-prisoners warrior that appeared in the comic series, rather than Stallone’s take on the character, who unsurprisingly came off as more of a stereotypical ’80s action hero (complete with his own trademark one-liner, “I knew you’d say that,”) instead of a complex, hard-edged cop. Likewise, Dredd is being promoted as a futuristic neo-Noir that retains more of the dark, gritty atmosphere of its source material.

Production on the $45 million, 3D feature has been ongoing for several weeks now in Cape Town, South Africa, but Dredd is not expected to reach theaters until the first half of 2012. In the meantime, feel free to share your feelings about Headey joining the film’s cast.

Source: Judge Dredd Movie News (via Bleeding Cool)

Update Source: The Playlist

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  1. Man you guys are slipping I posted that on the last dredd thread a few hours back lol

    • big d,

      Hey bud, guess what? We’re not the Daily Planet with a central office full of full time crack reporters waiting around for a story to hit. Senior editor Kofi is the only real full time guy (well Sandy is kinda/sorta) and during the day he’s the sole editor through which ALL articles must pass prior to publication. The rest of the staff is part time (even I have a full time job in addition to running this site).

      I know you weren’t being a butthead or anything, but I just thought I’d point that out. 8)


      • Dam Vic I thought I was gonna be the new Clark Kent lol I was just tryin to be ahead of the game for once most of the time you guys beat me to it no offense intended :P

        • You’re not kidding anybody; you just want Lois Lane, don’t you? :-D

          • haha

  2. She’s hot and a welcome addition.

    But I must say, I am going to have to pass on this if there is no Judge Death.

    Sorry, I meant,


    • Sorry, but if the Peach Trees-script that is floating around is legit, there will be no Judge Death. At least not this time around, since it deals with the exam of Cadet Anderson (which puts it well before 2102).

      I have just skimmed a bit of the script this far, but it certainly has the _feel_ of Judge Dredd and Mega-City One. So, still optimistic, even tho the script starts with an error, claiming MC1 is the ONLY outpost of civilization, neglecting MC2, Texas City, not to mention foreign megacities.

      • My mistake – Cadet Anderson should ofc be Rookie Anderson.

  3. If Lean is in it I will definitely watch this.

  4. “his own trademark one-liner, “I knew you’d say that”

    Yes, the writers must have stayed up all night thinking that one up. The Stallone version was just too lightweight, and i just remembered what really spoilt it for me – Rob Bloody Schneider as the “comic” sidekick! Yeeech, thank god this one looks like it’s going to be played straight.

  5. This could be good.

    I love the Stallone film, but I know it isnt a very true take on the character but its still a fun action movie.

    I’ll watch karl Urban in anything, been a fan of his for a while, but as Bones in Star Trek he just knocked that clear out of the park. Great actor.

    • I think the only movie I didn’t like of his was the one where he was some Indian warrior or something (I think it was Pathfinder). His acting was good but the movie was not.

      • Yeah Pathfinder isnt great, the directors cut is better, I picked it up for £2. I don’t regret that.

  6. Staying away from major “iconic” story threads might be a good plan for this film. It cuts budget (confining most of the story to one of the mega-buildings for example), gives 80% of the Dredd fans something new they might not have read about (and conversely criticise). If the plan is to expand into a franchise if this is a success then I see a good thing in that the 2nd or 3rd (last?) film will have the killer plot and budget and then include DEAAAAATTTTTTTHHHHHHHH!!!