I’ve had high hopes for the upcoming Judge Dredd reboot ever since it was announced that frequent Danny Boyle collaborator Alex Garland (Sunshine, 28 Days Later) would be writing the script. I don’t have quite as much faith in director Pete Travis (Vantage Point), but I think there’s still a very good chance this will be an improvement on the original film. However, the most important question still has yet to be answered, and that is, who will play Judge Dredd? Sylvester Stallone had his flaws, but at least he made an imposing presence on screen. Fortunately, it looks like the actor they have in mind to replace him is a solid choice: Karl Urban.
Bleeding Cool recently caught wind that Karl Urban is the man who will be offered the lead role in the new movie, and although there is no guarantee that he will accept, I think we can all agree that it would be a great fit. Urban has essentially built a career on mid-range action/genre movies like The Chronicles of Riddick, Doom and Pathfinder, but he is now known to mainstream audiences everywhere as Dr. Leonard McCoy in J.J. Abrams’ Star Trek. He also played Eomer in The Lord of the Rings movies, and has some acting ability to back up his physical size. Do you approve of Karl Urban as Judge Dredd? Here’s to hoping we hear more about this project coming out of Comic-Con this weekend.