Olivia Thirlby Says Her Role In DREDD Is Like "Playing Laser Tag But With Huge Production Values"

The actress, who portrays Judge Anderson in the upcoming Pete Travis directed reboot, shared a fairly lengthy interview with Dread Central concerning her role, the feel of the film and more. Check out a few snippets of the interview after the jump...




On what is appealing to Thirlby about the reboot:

The appeal was the amazing script and the amazing character that Alex Garland wrote for this. Dredd didn't read like a normal genre script; the characters felt so real and the circumstances felt so realistic. There's something I really like about the heroes in this film and about this world in general. They are just men and women really; they don't have superhuman strength, or they're not gods from a different planet- they're just really brave and they feel really real to me.


On the differences of the tone in the reboot and Stallone's take:

It is a totally different reimagining of the same source material, but in this version the goal was always to stay very faithful to the comic books, which is in contrast to what the other movie had done. There's a difference in the creative imagining of these worlds, for sure.


On what helped Thirlby get the feel of her character:

It was a combination of things: the suit, the weapons, the ability to do a roundhouse kick and hold my own- all of them. It just feels so cool when you're on set dressed like this; it's like playing laser tag but with huge production values (laughs). Actually, it would take a team of people to get you inside the leather body suits every day, which was crazy. But there is just something about being covered in blood spatter, looking mean and having a sub-machine gun in your hands that's really just so much fun. Oh, and being blonde; that really helped (laughs).


for the full interview, head on over to Dread Central.



Dredd stars Karl Urban, Olivia Thirlby, Lena Headey and is directed by Pete Travis. The film is set to hit theaters September 21st.



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