Bermuda-born actress Lena Headey is appearing in the “Dredd 3D” movie — which was released worldwide last month — playing the character Ma-Ma, who is a prostitute turned drug lord.
“She’s a prostitute who then kills her pimp and takes over his drug-running business,” Ms Headey said. 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 film’s synopsis said: “The future America is an irradiated waste land. On its East Coast, running from Boston to Washington DC, lies Mega City One- a vast, violent metropolis where criminals rule the chaotic streets. The only force of order lies with the urban cops called “Judges” who possess the combined powers of judge, jury and instant executioner.
“Known and feared throughout the city, Dredd (Karl Urban) is the ultimate Judge, challenged with ridding the city of its latest scourge – a dangerous drug epidemic that has users of “Slo-Mo” experiencing reality at a fraction of its normal speed.
“During a routine day on the job, Dredd is assigned to train and evaluate Cassandra Anderson (Olivia Thirlby), a rookie with powerful psychic abilities thanks to a genetic mutation. A heinous crime calls them to a neighborhood where fellow Judges rarely dare to venture- a 200 story vertical slum controlled by prostitute turned drug lord Ma-Ma (Lena Headey) and her ruthless clan.
“When they capture one of the clan’s inner circle, Ma-Ma overtakes the compound’s control center and wages a dirty, vicious war against the Judges that proves she will stop at nothing to protect her empire. With the body count climbing and no way out, Dredd and Anderson must confront the odds and engage in the relentless battle for their survival.”
Born in Bermuda in the 1970s while her father John worked for the Bermuda police, Ms Headey lived here until she was six when her family returned to England. She embarked on her acting career at the age of 17 after she was discovered during a school theatre performance and given a role opposite Jeremy Irons in the 1992 movie “Waterland”.