We finally know who Peter Dinklage will face off against in Legendary’s upcoming reboot of the Toxic Avenger franchise. According to The Hollywood Reporter, Kevin Bacon has just signed on to play the film’s primary antagonist.
Dinklage is headlining the new movie as the title character (also known as “Toxie”), a “struggling everyman” who falls into a vat of toxic waste and becomes a deformed mutant in the process. However, the accident also bestows him with enhanced size and strength, which he uses to protect the innocent. The cast also includes Jacob Tremblay and Taylour Paige, who will presumably star as Toxie’s son and love interest, respectively.
Bacon is no stranger to villainous roles, having played the bad guy in X-Men: First Class, Hollow Man, and James Gunn’s Super. His last big-screen appearance was in You Should Have Left, which premiered last year. He currently stars opposite Aldis Hodge on Showtime’s City on a Hill. That show wrapped up its second season last month and was just renewed for a third season.
Macon Blair is writing and directing the reboot. Troma founders Lloyd Kaufman and Michael Herz, who helmed the original film back in 1984, are also onboard as producers. Production is expected to get underway in Bulgaria later this month.
Legendary still hasn’t announced a release date for The Toxic Avenger.
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