August 3, 2021

Toxic Avenger reboot adds Jacob Tremblay to the cast

Jacob Tremblay

Young Canadian actor Jacob Tremblay joins Peter Dinklage in the remake of the cult Toxic Avenger.

The Toxic Avenger

The Toxic Avenger

In the pipes for a few years, and passing from hand to hand, the reboot project of Toxic Avenger by Lloyd Kaufman, standard bearer of Troma studios, advances slowly but surely. After the announcement of the director, Macon Blair, seen in Blue Ruin, Green Room and more recently The Hunt, the casting is revealed little by little.

Jacob Tremblay, seen in Wonder or The Predator and several times awarded for his role in Room, today joins the distribution of the remake. According to Deadline, the 14-year-old Canadian actor will play Peter Dinklage (Game of Thrones, Pixels). Their roles have not yet been specified. However, it seems likely that Jacob Tremblay plays the son of the main character, the famous Toxie.

The original film follows an ordinary janitor, Melvin Ferd, who is pushed into a vat of toxic waste. He then turns into a mutant monster who will have to save his family and his city from organized crime and corrupt officials.

Low budget horror comedy from Troma Entertainment, released direct to video in 1985, The Toxic Avenger is steeped in environmental themes and parodies the genre of superheroes in the style of a Deadpool, and much more trashy.

True “Midnight movie”, The Toxic Avenger earned its cult film status through multiple nightly reruns on US cable networks and met with huge success in video. Several suites have emerged: The Toxic Avenger Part II ; The Toxic Avenger Part III : The Last Temptation of Toxie ; Citizen Toxie: The Toxic Avenger IV. The saga also saw an on-stage musical, a children’s cartoon series on television, and a Marvel comic book.

The main character of this saga, Toxie, a disfigured superhero, even became the logo of Troma Entertainment. He evolves in a fictional city where most of the firm’s other films take place, Tromaville, near New Jersey. Another remake of Troma, Mother’s Day, also saw the light of day in 2010, also produced by larger studios.

In his projects, the young Jacob will among others be on the next poster of the live remake of The little Mermaid, where he will lend his voice to Polochon, the fish that accompanies Ariel.

This new Toxic Avenger, starring Lloyd Kaufman and Michael Herz of Troma, does not yet have a release date.

Maxence-Yahia Lequere