Kevin Bacon Cast as Villain in Peter Dinklage’s ‘The Toxic Avenger’ Reboot

Kevin Bacon will be taking on a… different Peter Dinklage.

Bacon has joined the cast of The Toxic Avenger, a reboot of Troma Entertainment’s cult superhero splatter comedy from 1984. He’s signed on to play the film’s “slick (and likely over the top) villain,” reports THR.

Game of Thrones star Peter Dinklage will be starring in the film, playing a struggling everyman who is transformed into a mutant freak after being pushed into a vat of toxic waste. As you do, he reemerges as an underdog superhero and heads on a mission to save his son, friends and community from the forces of corruption and greed. The cast also includes Jacob Tremblay and Taylour Paige.

As we reported on back in December 2020, the new Toxic Avenger will be both written and directed by Macon Blair, the filmmaker/actor who previously directed 2017 Netflix film I Don’t Feel at Home in This World Anymore and whose acting credits include fantastic Jeremy Saulnier films Blue Ruin and Green Room.

The ’84 film is a seriously bonkers, schlocky-as-hell flick directed by Michael Herz and Lloyd Kaufman, and starring Mitch Cohen in the titular role. The film remains arguably Troma’s biggest hit, spawning three sequels, an animated children’s cartoon, a stage musical, and a Marvel Comic.

Cameras on The Toxic Avenger are set to begin this month in Bulgaria.

Bacon can be seen on Showtime series City on a Hill, which was renewed for a third season earlier this month. The actor will also soon be seen in action-thriller One Way, led by Colson Baker (aka Machine Gun Kelly) and Aussie Vikings actor Travis Fimmel.


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