All three titles featured in our latest image and poster roundup - The Expendables 2, Dredd and Riddick - are franchise installments with something to prove. The Expendables sequel aims to outperform its predecessor in every way possible, while the Judge Dredd reboot is meant to be a truer-to-form adaptation of the original British sci-fi comic book. Riddick, by comparison, looks to return the series to its leaner, meaner Pitch Black roots (after the bloated Chronicles of Riddick).
Check out the full gallery above for a new look at fan-faves Lena Headey and Karl Urban in Dredd, Scott Adkins from Expendables 2 and Vin Diesel as (shirtless) Riddick. Be sure to also read on for larger versions of said images and posters, along with some additional information about the characters on display therein.
The Expendables 2
Initial reports that Scott Adkins will show up in the second Expendables movie were greeted with much enthusiasm, yet the martial artist/actor has been largely unaccounted for in the film's marketing to date (including, the action-heavy full-length trailer). That changes with the release of an Expendables 2 character poster - fashioned in the same design as those for "The Dirty Dozen" - with Adkins, who plays Hector, described as a "sadistic henchman [who] is quick with a blade and loyal to the cause... a menacing combo."
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The Expendables 2 hits theaters around the U.S. on August 17th, 2012.
Source: Expendables Facebook Page
The 1995 Judge Dredd movie starring Sylvester Stallone is frequently cited as a guilty pleasure amongst cinephiles, but pretty much everyone agrees: it's a far cry from the darkly satirical and violent source material, which premiered in the British sci-fi anthology 2000 AD during the (tumultuous) late 1970s. Judging by early imagery, Dredd will at least be a more dirty and grisly representation of Mega City One (the futuristic city where its namesake, as played by Karl Urban, presides).
Helping the cause is Lena Headey (300, The Sarah Connor Chronicles, Game of Thrones) as ex-prostitute-turned drug gang leader Madeline "Ma-Ma" Madrigal. Originally envisioned as a woman over the age of 70, Dredd screenwriter Alex Garland re-imagined the character when Headey came aboard - as, according to the actress, "an old great white shark who is just waiting for someone bigger and stronger to show up and kill her."
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Dredd arrives in U.S. theaters (2D and 3D) on September 21st, 2012.
It's safe to say: if Riddick (a.k.a. Riddick 3) fails at the box office, it won't be due to lack of effort and enthusiasm from star Vin Diesel. The Fast and the Furious franchise leading man has been relentless in his efforts to get people excited for the titular renegade ex-convict's return to the big screen - by unleashing a plethora of set photos and even getting buzz about sequels going, even though Riddick is still without an official release date. The latest Riddick pic from Diesel proves he hasn't forgotten his "fan service" duties, either.
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We will continue to keep you posted on the status of Riddick as more information is released.
Source: Vin Diesel's Facebook Page
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