Game of Thrones star Peter Dinklage has signed on to star in a reboot of 1984 superhero black-comedy splatter film The Toxic Avenger.
The original proudly-B-grade schlock told of a struggling everyman who is transformed into a mutant freak after being pushed into toxic waste. Now with more power, he becomes an underdog hero, saving his son, friends, and overall community from malevolent forces. The Toxic Avenger became a cult hit, an almost calling card for Troma Entertainment, and spawned three follow-ups, a stage musical, a Marvel comic and even an animated children’s series. Troma founders Michael Herz and Lloyd Kaufman directed the film and will be attached to the new film as producers.
Dinklage will be playing Toxie in the new Toxic Avenger, which has been set up at Legendary Entertainment. Set to both write and direc is Macon Blair, a filmmaker/actor who directed 2017 Netflix film I Don’t Feel at Home in This World Anymore and starred in/exec produced Jeremy Saulnier’s fantastic 2013 film Blue Ruin. As reported by Deadline, the reboot is being described as a contemporary reimagining that will aim to subvert the superhero genre like Deadpool (2016) did.
Among Dinklage’s arriving/upcoming credits: voice work on The Croods 2, Netflix-released crime-comedy I Care a Lot, and the lead role in Joe Wright’s Cyrano.
Take a look back at the theatrical trailer for ’84’s The Toxic Avenger: