The Toxic Avenger is a cult-classic superhero black comedy movie from 1984, starring Mark Torgl and Mitch Cohen as the main character Melvin and his monstrous transformation, The Toxic Avenger, respectively.
The new movie is not a remake, but a reboot with a “contemporary reimagining” of the story, originally written by Lloyd Kaufman. It is the fifth installation in the Toxic Avenger franchise. Michael Herzwho directed the original film, will be co-producing the reboot with Kaufman.
This film will be written and directed by Macon Blair (I Don’t Feel At Home In This World Anymore), under the guidance of Troma Entertainment and Legendary Pictures. His script was given a big thumbs up by the original film’s writer, Kaufman.
Troma Entertainment, which was founded in 1974 by Michael Herz and Lloyd Kaufman, is known for producing B-movies with campy concepts and gruesome practical effects in the comedy-horror genre.
A remake was originally announced in 2010, with the aim to release a more family-friendly PG-13 version of the film, similar to the Toxic Crusaders animated television series. The project was shopped around for nearly 8 years before Legendary Pictures acquired the rights for a reboot. Filming began in June 2021 and wrapped under two months later that year in August.
To be clear, this is a reboot and not a remake, so there will be changes to the original storyline, but Macon Blair confirmed in January of this year that the film will still utilize practical gore effects like the original.
This article will tell you everything you need to know about The Toxic Avenger before its release.
What’s The Toxic Avenger About?
Winston is your classic target for bullying. He’s easily pushed around and harassed at his job as a janitor at Garb-X health club. When he learns that he has a terminal illness, he goes to his employer for help, as the treatment for his diagnosis is extremely expensive. After he is rudely dismissed, he hatches a scheme to rob his boss and the company, in order to continue providing for his son.
During his attempt, he accidentally falls into a vat of toxic waste, which transforms him into a monstrous beast with superhuman strength and size. With his newfound strength, he sets out on a path of vengeance to get back at those who have wronged him and to protect others who are victims of the same bullying he was subjected to his whole life.
Who’s In The Toxic Avenger?
Peter Dinklagewho is best known for his role as Tyrion in HBO’s series Game Of Thrones, will be playing Winston/The Toxic Avenger. He has also been seen more recently as the titular character in the romantic musical drama, Cyrano. Dinklage is also currently working on the upcoming 2023 installment in The Hunger Games franchise: The Hunger Games: The Ballad of Songbirds and Snakes.
Winston’s son will be played by Jacob Tremblay. Tremblay won the Critics Choice Movie Award for “Best Young Performer” at the age of 10 years old for his performance alongside Brie Larson in the 2015 movie, Room. He was also the youngest nominee for the “Outstanding Performance by a Male Actor in a Supporting Role” Award by the Screen Actor’s Guild for that same role.
Taylor Paige will play the character “JJ Doherty.” As the character names have been changed from the original film, it’s hard to say what role her character will have in the reboot. Paige is best known for her role as the titular character in the 2020 A24 film, Zolaas well as Dussie Mae in Ma Rainey’s Black Bottom.
Kevin Bacon (They/Them) will play the villain of the film with Elijah Wood also being on the cast list. Wood and Macon Blair have worked together before, on the film I Don’t Feel At Home In This World Anymore, which was written and directed by Blair. Blair also had a minor cameo appearance in this movie.
Sarah Niles (Ted Lasso) will be playing Mayor Togar. In the original Toxic Avengerthe mayor played a pivotal role in leading the largest crime ring in the city, so we’ll have to wait and see if Blair wrote her character that way or not. Julia Davis (A Very British Scandal) will play a character named Kissy Sturnevan and David Yow (I Don’t Feel At Home In This World Anymore) will play a character by the name of Guthrie Stockins.
Julian Kostov (Shadow and Bone) is also included in the cast, as a character called “Budd Berserk.”
Additionally, director Macon Blair is listed in the cast as a man named Dennis. When he’s not writing or directing, Blair has been in several movies such as The Hunt, I Care A Lotand Green Room. Similar to writer/director like M.Night Shyamalan (Old), Blair has a tendency to make sure there’s always room on the cast list for him to have a small role.
Is There A Trailer for The Toxic Avenger?
As of yet, there is no official trailer yet. Production and development have been kept under wraps. Hopefully, there will be a trailer or some production stills released soon, considering the movie has been in post-production since August 14th, 2021.
Below is the trailer for the 1984 film.
When Is The Toxic Avenger Supposed To Come Out?
Again, we are left in the dark on that note, with nothing to go off of except our imaginations and trust in the creators of the new reboot.
Until an official trailer is released, there’s not much else we can do… except perhaps watch the original. If you can look past the sheer cheesiness of the era, the original The Toxic Avenger is a trip to watch. Watching the original might give you some more insight into what to expect from the upcoming reboot, and having a refresher will help to pinpoint the changes that have been made to the storyline.
What is The Toxic Avenger Rated?
While the previous incarnation of the reboot was rumored to be eyeing a PG-13 rating, that will certainly not be the case with Macon Blair’s film.
The film has officially been rated R for “strong violence and gore, language throughout, sexual references and brief graphic nudity.”