Lena Headey may have made a name for herself as Cersei Lannister in “Game of Thrones”, but this September, she’ll be hitting cinema screens as Madeline Madrigal in “Dredd”, a new adaptation of British comic character Judge Dredd, unrelated to the previous film, which director Pete Travis of “Vantage Point” fame claims will be “faithful” but “fresh”.
“The world feels really British, and I don’t know if that’s because it’s so dirty and dark,” Headey told the LA Times’ Hero Complex. “And it’s … violent. Just in terms of gunplay, they’re not afraid to show blood and gunshot wounds. And it’s set up in this concrete sort of shanty town – it’s shanty but they’re blocks – concrete favelas.”
She described her own character in the film as “a prostitute who then kills her pimp and takes over his drug-running business”, and that she’s “like an old great white shark who is just waiting for someone bigger and stronger to show up and kill her […] she’s an addict, so she’s dead in that way, but that last knock just hasn’t come.”
It’s not Headey’s first foray into the sci-fi genre, since she took the role of seminal sci-fi character Sarah Connor in the disappointingly short-lived “Termintaor: The Sarah Connor Chronicles”, but it is her first silver screen appearance since “Game of Thrones” débuted last year. Will it live up to expectations? One may certainly hope so.