‘The Toxic Avenger’ Reboot Signs Its Female Lead

Every good horror/super-hero saga needs a strong female role, and the Legendary Entertainment reboot of The Toxic Avenger just filled that bill.

Taylour Paige–still basking in the success of Ma Rainey’s Black Bottom–is now on board for the reimagining of the 1984 cult classic, as reported by comicbook.com. No specifics of Paige’s role have been revealed at this time.

But what is known is that she will join Peter Dinklage (the Emmy Award winner from Game of Thrones) and Jacob Tremblay (Doctor Sleep) in the growing list of actors tasked with the reinventing and updating of the original Troma Entertainment film.

The 1984 movie followed Melvin Ferd (Mark Torgl), a health club janitor “who is transformed into a horrific, mutated, radioactive creature” after falling into a vat of toxic waste (not the most pleasant origin story ever).

And the toxic waste does more than just change his appearance for the worse. Ferd is given “superhuman size and strength” that turns him into a hero who “stands up not just to bullies, but corruption as well.” Cue the Stars and Stripes in the background.

The reboot reportedly will be a contemporary take on this general theme, with a “struggling Everyman” transforming into a “mutant freak” who uses his powers to “save his son, his friends and his community from the forces of corruption and greed.” Maybe start up the stirring music at this point.

Lloyd Kaufman–who co-wrote and co-directed the original–had high praise for Macon Blair, who wrote and directed the reboot. “Macon knows Troma better than I do,” Kaufman said. “He’s seen everything and he loves our movies. I’ve read the script and it’s better than the original.”

The 1984 film did not impress either the critics or moviegoers (it grossed just $800,000 on a budget of $500,000), but it did build a substantial fan base through the years. The movie also gave birth to three sequels, an animated children’s TV show, a video game, a comic book and even a musical. And now this reboot.

Keep reading Horror News Network for the latest casting choices and updates on The Toxic Avenger reboot.

 

Thomas Tuna
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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