Late last year, it was revealed that Legendary Pictures was developing a reboot of the comedy superhero film The Toxic Avenger. Moreover, Game of Thrones star Peter Dinklage boarded the project as its leading man. Now, as first reported by Deadline, talented youngster Jacob Tremblay is joining the movie’s cast as well.
The reboot will reportedly be a reimagining of the cult classic 1984 movie. Directed by Michael Herz and Lloyd Kaufman, The Toxic Avenger follows Melvin Ferd, a 98-pound weakling who works as a janitor at a health club. Following years of toxic humiliation from his peers, Melvin’s tormentors become increasingly violent. After they trick Melvin into wearing a pink tutu and kissing a sheep, they chase him out of a second-story window. However, he lands in a vat of toxic waste. The accident sets him on fire and transforms him into a hideous, deformed creature. The incident also grants Melvin superhuman size and strength. The film went on to launch its own franchise featuring three film sequels, a stage musical production, a video game, a Marvel comic book, and a children’s TV cartoon.
Dinklage will star in the remake as Melvin. Moreover, Dinklage will produce alongside the aforementioned Lloyd Kaufman and Michael Herz for Troma Entertainment. I Don’t Feel at Home in This World Anymore director Macon Blair is on board to helm the feature with Legendary Pictures handling financing and distribution.
At only 14 years old, Tremblay has already earned Critics Choice and SAG Awards nominations for his role alongside Brie Larson in Room. Since then, the actor has delivered memorable dramatic and comedic performances in films like Good Boys and Wonder. Up next, Tremblay is voicing the title character in Pixar’s Luca. Additionally, he will play Flounder in Disney’s live-action The Little Mermaid remake.
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