What do you get when you add some Bacon to a little Wood and then add a generous helping of Dinklage? Why a Toxic Avenger reboot of course. And today, Legendary Pictures allowed us to have a little peek at the aforementioned cast members as they appear in the reboot of the 1984 original.
Kevin Bacon in ‘The Toxic Avenger’
This project has been trying to get off the ground for about 13 years and now it is finally getting to the big screen starting at Austin’s Fantastic Fest, running Sept. 21-28.
Director Macon Blair told Entertainment Weekly it is similar to the original “Toxie” via its storyline:
“There is a terrible industrial accident that renders him a mutant and an outcast, but also gives him some super strength and super abilities that sets him on a path of being an unlikely vigilante in this downward-spiraling society.”
He adds: “Similar to the original Toxic Avenger, he’s singularly unqualified to be a hero. He’s not especially brave, he’s not especially crafty, but he has his heart in the right place, and he starts taking it to the limit when he’s pushed into a corner.”
Elijah Wood in ‘The Toxic Avenger’
Kevin Bacon and Elijah Wood are the film’s antagonists. Wood playing the evil ganglord Fritz Garbinger who with his henchmen called Killer Nutz tries to upend our janitorial hero. Blair says Fritz is, “sort of Riff Raff from The Rocky Horror Picture Show and the Danny DeVito Penguin mixed together.”
Peter Dinklage in ‘The Toxic Avenger’
We’re going to do some lazy journalism here and let the PR release do the talking, but make sure to let us know what you thought of the movie if you are attending Fantastic Fest in Austin:
A fan favorite is reborn as filmmaker Macon Blair brings the iconic mop-wielding anti-hero
back to the big screen in The Toxic Avenger. The film from Legendary Entertainment is
a contemporary reimagining of Troma Entertainment’s 1984 comedic action hit, The Toxic Avenger, created by genre legend, Lloyd Kaufman.
Jacob Tremblay in ‘The Toxic Avenger’
Uniting an exciting critically acclaimed roster of beloved actors, the cast includes Emmy
Award winner Peter Dinklage (“Game of Thrones,” “The Hunger Games: The Ballad of Songbirdsand Snakes”), Critics Choice award winner Jacob Tremblay (“Room,” “Luca”), Independent Spirit Award winner, Taylour Paige (“Ma Rainey’s Black Bottom,” “Zola”); BAFTA award winner Julia Davis (“Sally4Ever,””Nighty Night,” “Run Rabbit Run”); Jonny Coyne (“Ma Rainey’s Black Bottom”) with SAG Award winner, Elijah Wood (“The Lord of the Rings” franchise, “Yellowjackets”) and Kevin Bacon (“City on A Hill”, “Footloose”).
Taylour Paige in ‘The Toxic Avenger’
The film follows the story of struggling everyman-janitor Winston Gooze, who is
transformed by a horrible toxic accident into a new evolution of hero: THE TOXIC AVENGER! Now with super-human strength and wielding a glowing mop for his unconventional weapon, he must race against time to save his son and stop a ruthless and power-hungry corporate tyrant bent on harnessing toxic superpowers to strengthen his polluted empire.
‘The Toxic Avenger’ courtesy of Legendary Pictures
Blair directed the film from a screenplay he wrote based on Lloyd Kaufman’s “The Toxic
Avenger” (1984). The film is produced by Mary Parent, Alex Garcia, Lloyd Kaufman and Michael Herz. The executive producers are Andrew Pfeffer, Jay Ashenfelter and Macon Blair with casting by Mark Bennett and Julie Harkin. Blair’s collaborators behind the camera include Emmy Award winning director of photography, Dana Gonzalez; production designer Alexander Cameron; editors Brett W. Bachman and James Thomas; visual effects supervisor Chris Ritvo; costume designer Vanessa Porter; with music by Will Blair and Brooke Blair. A Toxic World Deserves a Toxic Hero.