‘The Toxic Avenger’ Cast Just Keeps Filling In The Blanks

Another day, another “toxic” cast growth spurt.

Just yesterday, Horror News Network confirmed that Elijah Wood and Julia Davis were joining the cast of the Legendary Entertainment remake of the 1984 Troma Entertainment horror/super-hero flick The Toxic Avenger. And now, according to The Hollywood Reporter, two more actors have signed up for the ride.

Jonny Coyne (Ma Rainey’s Black Bottom) and Sarah Niles (I May Destroy You) have now joined the impressive cast, which includes Peter Dinklage as the titular hero, Kevin Bacon as the obligatory bad guy, Jacob Tremblay as Toxie’s son and Taylour Paige as the female lead.

There is still no word on the roles Wood and Davis will fill, but Coyne will play a “shadowy criminal figure” and Niles will portray a “corrupt city official.” Both essentials in the hideous super-hero scenario.

This reboot–from writer/director Macon Blair–tells the bizarre tale of Winston, a janitor who takes an unfortunate tumble into a pit of toxic waste and is transformed into “a monster who sets out to do good and to get back at the people who have wronged him.” Naturally.

The Toxic Avenger–produced by Lloyd Kaufman and Michael Herz–will start shooting soon, but no release date has yet been announced.

The 1984 original became a cult hit despite lukewarm reactions from critics and fans, spawning three sequels, an animated children’s TV show, a video game, a comic book and (believe it or not) a stage musical.

Keep reading Horror News Network for the next bulletin from The Toxic Avenger camp.

Thomas Tuna
Thomas A. Tuna is a comic book veteran who began his writing career back in the ’70s with Charlton Comics, contributing to such horror titles as Ghost Manor, Haunted, The Many Ghosts of Dr. Graves and Ghostly Haunts. Most recently, he has served as a writer and editor (with more than a smattering of horror yarns) for such comic book websites as Hyper Epics and Red Moon Features. Some of his favorite horror flicks include Jaws, Salem’s Lot, Dracula (with Frank Langella) and Blade. His favorite horror comic books? Tomb of Dracula (by Marv Wolfman and Gene Colan) and Swamp Thing (by Len Wein and Berni Wrightson).

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