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.