She’s one of the best villains on Game of Thrones and, really, she’s been one of the best things about nearly everything she’s been in for almost a decade now. Whether it’s 300 or Terminator: The Sarah Connor Chronicles everything’s better with a little Lena Headey in it.
In part it’s because she’s, well, beautiful; but that won’t be a factor in Dredd. Headey is set to star opposite Karl Urban in the upcoming, new adaptation of the Judge Dredd series. In that movie, she’ll look like this…
Pretty jarring if, like me, you usually take pleasure in her classically beautiful visage. The image comes from the LA Times where Lena says of the new Dredd movie:
The world [in the film] feels really British, and I don’t know if that’s because it’s so dirty and dark, 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.
Lena’s playing a character named Madeline “Ma-Ma” Madrigal, and she’s every bit as ruthless as her Game of Thrones character Cersei. She’s a prostitute who kills her pimp and takes over his gang, which puts her at odds with Judge Dredd who’s not just a cop, he is the law. The character was originally supposed to be in her 70s but Headey won the Dredd team over because, well, she’s badass.