Back in 2019, we reported that a reboot of the 80s cult classic The Toxic Avenger was in the works. We can now report that Lord of the Rings actor Elijah Wood (Come to Daddy) has been cast as the film’s villain.
According to The Illuminerdi, Wood will play Bob Garbinger, whose description is as follows: “Leonine hair and eerie plastic surgery. The evil head of the shady company Garb X. He has no regard for the well-being of anyone but himself and embarks on a murderous spree to become as powerful as Toxie. His ego is bolstered by his standing amongst the town’s official but in reality, he lives in fear of the underworld gang he’s indebted to.”
Macon Blair serves as both writer and director for the reboot which got its seal of approval from Toxic Avenger‘s original co-director Lloyd Kaufman, who had this to say about the script, “it’s better than the original. Macon Blair knows Troma better than I do. He’s seen everything. He’s seen the cartoon, he’s seen the Halloween special… And he loves our movies like Troma’s War and Terror Firmer… He knows the Troma sense of humor, the combination of slapstick and satire with the environmental theme.”
Based on the 1984 cult classic of the same name, the film centers on Winston, a stereotypical geek who works as a janitor at Garb-X health club and is diagnosed with a terminal illness that can only be cured by an expensive treatment that his greedy, power hungry employer refuses to pay for. After robbing his company, Winston falls into a pit of toxic waste and is transformed into a deformed monster that sets out to do good and get back at all the people who have wronged him.
Wood is also starring in the upcoming Ted Bundy movie No Man of God, about FBI agent Bill Hagmaier’s actual interrogation of Ted Bundy, which will be released this August.
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