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Karl Urban to don helmet for "Judge Dredd" remake

LOS ANGELES (Hollywood Reporter) - With all the attention focused on Sylvester Stallone’s “The Expendables,” one noteworthy bit of development has occurred on the remake of a 1995 Stallone vehicle.

Karl Urban, who last played Bones McCoy in “Star Trek,” has come on board to play the title character of “Judge Dredd,” based on the British comic book character.

The comic is set in a future where police act as judge, jury and executioner. Urban will play Joe Dredd, the creme de la creme of the elite police corps.

The character is almost always seen wearing a helmet-mask and the producers have said Urban will be hatted through most of the movie.

Pete Travis (“Vantage Point”) is directing the independently financed feature. Several studios are lining up to ask “Dredd” to the dance, but the producers want to line up the female lead before signing any distribution deal.

Urban next appears in “Red,” an adaptation of the DC/Wildstorm comic that also stars Bruce Willis and Helen Mirren.