We reported way back in January that Lena Headey was cast as the villainous Ma-Ma, who was originally conceived as a woman in her 70s. The actress eventually won over screenwriter Alex Garland with the idea that she would be a middle-aged villain, who has a hatred of men.
"She's a prostitute who then kills her pimp and takes over his drug-running business. And Ma-Ma is a bit of a man-hater. I think of her like an old great white shark who is just waiting for someone bigger and stronger to show up and kill her. She's ready for it. In fact, she can't wait for it to happen. And yet no one can get the job done. She's an addict, so she's dead in that way, but that last knock just hasn't come. This big, fat, scarred shark moving through the sea and everyone flees and she's like, 'Will someone just have the balls to do it? Please?'"
The movie is set in Mega City One and centers on Karl Urban's Judge Dredd, the most feared Street Judge who serves as judge, jury, and executioner. Ma-Ma runs the Peach Tree City Block gang, and clashes with the title character. The actress also revealed this comic book adaptation has a British feel to it.
"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."