Fact or Fiction: Was Harrison Ford Supposed to be Judge Dredd?
As Rick Deckard in Ridley Scott’s Blade Runner Harrison Ford has played a futuristic cop before, but is it true that he was also meant to play as Judge Dredd in the original 1995 film?
FALSE: As it turns out, director Danny Cannon was a Dredd (and sci-fi) fan long before he ever encountered the film property. Cannon was such a big fan that he even entered a poster competition held in 1987 for a “possible future film” which was later published in 2000 AD Prog 534 (Issue #534).
The poster, which can be seen above, references Ridley Scott’s Blade Runner with Harrison Ford as the leading law man along with Christopher Walken (awesome!) and Darryl Hannah as the new kid on the block, PSI Anderson. References to Blade Runner can still be seen in Judge Dredd‘s set design, though one wonders how much of Cannon’s original vision was lost during his creative disputes with Stallone.
As an interesting sidenote, according the IMBd, it would seem that Christopher Walken was indeed offered a role as Rico but ultimately turned it down.