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Olivia Thirlby is Joining Karl Urban in DNA Films' Judge Dredd

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September 3, 2010

Olivia Thirlby

Fabulous! Olivia Thirlby is one of my favorite up-and-coming actresses who's been in a lot of great indie films (Juno, The Wackness, Solitary Man) and is on the verge of breaking out very big. She has a lead role in Summit's upcoming alien invasion film The Darkest Hour, but Variety is reporting she has just been cast as Cassandra Anderson in DNA Films' 3D adaptation of Judge Dredd. It was revealed during Comic-Con, then confirmed later, that Karl Urban will star as the titular Judge Dredd, while Thirlby will be playing a telepathic rookie who shadows Dredd, as seen in the comics. Shooting begins in South Africa late this year.

Judge Dredd is being directed by Vantage Point and Omagh director Pete Travis from a script written by Sunshine and 28 Days Later writer Alex Garland. The $45 million futuristic flick is financed by Reliance Big Entertainment and Stuart Ford's IM Global through a deal with Andrew Macdonald and Allon Reich's DNA Films. It was confirmed a few weeks ago that this will be a "very hard, R-rated, gritty, realistic movie" and that Dredd's helmet won't ever come off. I'm pretty damn excited to see this come together and the cast is starting to shape up very nicely. We'll keep you updated as pre-production continues to move forward!

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  • Xerxex
    Nice casting move. Hell I think this will be really good (screenplay wise), I mean Sunshine and 28 Weeks Later were great Alex Garland is a fine writer. I'm just worried about Travis. I'll be there in 2-D opening night.
  • Julie
    telepathic rookie?? i don't remember THAT being in the first movie. but it did say that it was in the comics. she looks like she could do well....
  • Solo Calrissian
    I'm in. I like Urban. He can star in some of the CRAPPIEST movies and come out unscathed because he plays his part well.
  • nelson
    http://uk.movies.ign.com/articles/111/1118200p1.html film has been retitled to just "DREDD"
  • Spider94
    retitled dredd???? wtf are these people thing or wtf are these people on??? dredd sounds like the worst title for a movie,what the hell is wrong with adding judge as the first word? i guess they dont want any connection with the stallone movie...
  • qweqwu
    45 mil $ is not nearly enough, they need at least 100 mil
  • nelson
    100 million is not needed it could probably look like sin city
  • Spider94
    .......or they could do a 1$ budget and add a whole bunch of weird cgi effects and cardboard costumes :)
  • Craig
    I like Karl Urban a lot, and I don't dislike Thirlby, but the idea of a Judge Dredd remake does not appeal to me at all...
  • noneofyourbusiness
    she needs to be in more movies so you guys can reuse that pic of her over and over

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