Macon Blair directs the new reimagining of The Toxic Avenger, and the first trailer for the film has been released.
Macon Blair, the actor known for his collaborations with director Jeremy Saulnier – including Blue Ruin and Green Room – made his directorial debut with the terrific, offbeat Netflix thriller I Don’t Feel At Home In This World Anymore back in 2017.
As with many indie filmmakers, his sophomore feature sees him being handed the reins of a superhero franchise, in this instance a slightly different one: The Toxic Avenger. There have thus far been four Toxic Avenger films, released by Troma Entertainment between 1984 and 2000, as well as the 1991 television series Toxic Crusaders. And now, the series is back, this time in fresh hands.
The synopsis for the new film, this time released by Legendary Pictures, reads as follows:
A horrible toxic accident transforms downtrodden janitor Winston Gooze into a new evolution of hero: The Toxic Avenger! Now wielding a glowing mop with super-human strength, he must race against time to save his son and stop a ruthless and power-hungry tyrant bent on harnessing toxic superpowers to strengthen his polluted empire.
Peter Dinklage leads the cast as the title character, alongside Jacob Tremblay, Taylour Paige, Julia Davis, Jonny Coyne, Elijah Wood, and Kevin Bacon.
Macon Blair writes and directs, based on the original 1984 film script by Lloyd Kaufman and Joe Ritter.
There’s currently no release date, we’ll keep you updated as we hear more.
Watch the red band trailer below – although you may need to click through directly to YouTube to do so, because it’s got naughty words and stuff in it.
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