Richard Armitage, Sheila Atim and Joseph Fiennes will star in new audiobook adaptations of various 2000AD strips, including Judge Dredd and Halo Jones, to be released March 2021.
The Handmaid’s Tale and Shakespeare in Love star Joseph Fiennes will star as the legendary future lawman Judge Dredd in the new series of audiobook adaptations from Penguin Random House and 2000AD.
Sheila Atim (The Underground Railroad) will play the lead in the adaptation of The Ballad of Halo Jones, Alan Moore and Ian Gibson’s groundbreaking feminist space opera, while The Hobbit’s Richard Armitage and His Dark Materials’ Nina Sosanya will star in Dan Abnett and INJ Culbard’s space-noir Brink.
These five new dramatic audio adaptions of the best-selling 2000AD graphic novels are performed by an ensemble cast, and accompanied by an original score and immersive soundscapes. These action-packed audio recordings will take fans on an immersive listening experience like no other.
“Brink is great sci-fi. It tells a scarily plausible story in an extraordinary, compelling way,” enthuses Nina Sosanya. “Being involved in turning the graphic novels by Dan Abnett and INJ Culbard into a purely audio experience has been fascinating; hearing the story played out means that individual characters and situations become vivid in a whole new way. So Brink now exists on yet another plane, and in another dimension.”
From the tyrannical law enforcement of Judge Dredd in America to the stunning feminist space opera of Halo Jones, these dystopian worlds draw unnerving parallels to the politics and society of the world we live in today.
Written by some of the biggest names in comics – including Alan Moore (Watchmen, V for Vendetta, League of Extraordinary Gentlemen), Dan Abnett (The Legion of Super-Heroes, Aquaman, Guardians of the Galaxy), Pat Mills (Marshal Law) and John Wagner the series of five new audiobook adaptations will include:
Judge Dredd: America featuring Joseph Fiennes, America is long considered one of the most important stories in British comics history; a story about freedom, terrorism, and armed struggle against an oppressive totalitarian police state. Wagner and Colin MacNeil’s groundbreaking story confirmed Judge Dredd‘s place as one of the most politically charged and nuanced series in comics.
Judge Dredd: The Pit featuring Paterson Joseph (Neverwhere, Timeless), this is an epic police procedural saga infused with action, politics, and corruption – The Wire meets Britain’s home-grown antihero Judge Dredd. Alongside a supporting cast of Judges, Dredd must clean up the dirtiest sector in Mega-City One.
Brink featuring Richard Armitage and Nina Sosonya from hit comics duo Dan Abnett and INJ Culbard, a story that sees humanity living in vast space platforms and on the brink of extinction in this atmospheric space-noir.
“It’s an incredible feat to be able to turn a visual medium like a comic into audio, and it was something I just had to be part of, especially after dipping into the comic book world in Captain America,” says Richard Armitage. “2000AD has an incredible legacy in British comics, and it’s a thrill to bring these stories to life. Brink is such a wonderful space-noir drama, and I loved stepping into the shoes of Carl Brinkmann.”
The Ballad of Halo Jones featuring Sheila Atim is a galaxy-spanning adventure story, a feminist space opera, and an epic written by arguably the world’s greatest comic book writer, Alan Moore.
Sláine: The Horned God featuring Colin Morgan (Merlin, Humans), is an exhilarating mix of Celtic mythology, violence, and heroism, telling the story of the Horned God’s journey of death and rebirth, as Sláine leads his tribe in the service of the Earth goddess.
These adaptations in audio have been produced by the award-winning Penguin Random House Studios. Working closely with authors and editors at 2000AD, all 300 characters in the graphics novels have been voiced by over 40 narrators, alongside mesmerising sound effects and original music.
Full Title List – To Be Released 4th March 2021
• Judge Dredd: America by John Wagner 9781781089996 Digital Download
• Judge Dredd: The Pit by John Wagner 9781781089989 Digital Download
• The Ballad of Halo Jones by Alan Moore 9781786184535 Digital Download
• Brink: Volumes 1-3 by Dan Abnett 9781786184542 Digital Download
• Sláine: The Horned God by Pat Mills 9781786184528 Digital Download