THE TOXIC AVENGER Reboot Stills Spotlight Peter Dinklage In A Tutu And Elijah Wood's Penguin-Inspired Villain

THE TOXIC AVENGER Reboot Stills Spotlight Peter Dinklage In A Tutu And Elijah Wood's Penguin-Inspired Villain

Legendary Pictures has shared some new promo stills for its upcoming reboot of Troma classic The Toxic Avenger, and they give us a first look at the movie's grotesque villains...

By MarkCassidy - Sep 21, 2023 01:09 PM EST
Filed Under: Sci-Fi
Source: Via SFF Gazette

Following our first (obscured) glimpse of Peter Dinklage as "Toxie" in the upcoming remake of The Toxic Avenger, Legendary Entertainment (via EW) has released another batch of promo stills featuring the Game of Thrones star as protagonist Winston Gooze (pre-transformation) and several of the movie's supporting players.

In addition to Taylour Paige as JJ Doherty, an investigative reporter turned vigilante detective, and Jacob Tremblay as Toxie's stepson Wade, we have a first look at the villains of the piece in Kevin Bacon's corporate overlord Bob Garbinger, and his freakish-looking brother Fritz, played by Elijah Wood.

Director Macon Blair describes the Lord of the Rings star's look as "sort of Riff Raff from The Rocky Horror Picture Show and the Danny DeVito Penguin mixed together."

"The look came about by discussions I had with our designers and with Elijah himself," he continues. "I wanted it to feel like a Peter Sellers type of performance where he just goes invisible. The idea is that you forget that it's the Elijah that you know from Lord of the Rings or anything else."

We still haven't seen the redesigned take on the deformed hero of the title, but Blair has revealed that Toxie's appearance will be more inspired by 1989's The Toxic Avenger Part II and The Toxic Avenger Part III: The Last Temptation of Toxie than the original Troma cult classic.

"His look is closer to that, and in terms of color palette we drew from the cartoon actually," the director says. "But it's practical effects. You can see all the goopy little boils and stuff like that. And we definitely stayed true to some of the really iconic elements: the tutu that's melted onto his body, the janitor's mop as his super weapon."

“While the original film (which premiered in 1984 – almost 40 years ago!) followed the fate of Melvin Ferd Junko III (Mitch Cohen), who goes from zero to toxic hero in a case of bullying gone awry, Macon Blair’s contemporary take follows a hideously deformed creature of superhuman size and strength all his own.

Peter Dinklage stars as downtrodden janitor Winston Gooze who, after falling into a vat of toxic waste, becomes none other than The Toxic Avenger. This timely reimagining is up to its eyeballs in environmental themes as Winston goes up against the evil forces of greed and corruption to save his son, his friends, and his community. Even as this story exists on its own terms, the spirit undoubtedly remains connected to the original. Troma fans old and new will be pleased to know that the film has been rated “R” for violence and gore – as per Troma tradition.”

The Toxic Avenger was first introduced in the 1984 movie of the same name from indie studio Troma Entertainment, and has since gone on to achieve cult status with several sequels, a comic book series and even a short-lived 1991 children's animated show called The Toxic Crusaders.

The movie will have its world premiere at Fantastic Fest. No official release date has been announced.

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MosquitoFarmer
MosquitoFarmer - 9/21/2023, 1:07 PM
He’s really good at playing a little creep. And I do mean Elijah Wood.
THEDARKKNIGHT1939
THEDARKKNIGHT1939 - 9/21/2023, 1:07 PM
Elijah's Penguin is just Men's Wearhouse Gollum.
ProudPatriot76
ProudPatriot76 - 9/21/2023, 1:32 PM
@THEDARKKNIGHT1939 - oh my gosh that’s funny!
bobevanz
bobevanz - 9/21/2023, 1:28 PM
He reminds me more of RiffRaff, also the rumor is Toxie will be a little person after the transformation. And apparently all of those scenes were filmed with a little Filipino woman or something of the sort. I was kinda hoping he'd get big lmao but that would be too controversial, I really hope this is a big budget troma movie, and not some big budget movie with Troma characters. I'd have more faith us was an A24 production
AnthonyVonGeek
AnthonyVonGeek - 9/21/2023, 1:51 PM
I feel like Elijah Wood is about to tell me to “Take his strong hand”
GhostDog
GhostDog - 9/21/2023, 1:52 PM
Blair is super talented. Blue Ruin is a classic.
grif
grif - 9/21/2023, 2:06 PM
@GhostDog - good movie
Moriakum
Moriakum - 9/21/2023, 1:52 PM
It seems that Frodo kept the ring for himself after all...
LukeCage2155
LukeCage2155 - 9/21/2023, 1:59 PM
I watched The Toxic Avenger movies growing up.
harryba11zack
harryba11zack - 9/21/2023, 2:16 PM
i love the sexy hairline.
IcePyke
IcePyke - 9/21/2023, 3:49 PM

TheShape9859
TheShape9859 - 9/21/2023, 4:47 PM
Looks bad
BritishMonkey
BritishMonkey - 9/21/2023, 8:10 PM
See, this is why you should listen to Sam.

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