‘The Toxic Avenger’ Reboot Adds ‘Ma Rainey’s Black Bottom’ And ‘Zola’ Star Taylour Paige

Following her scene-stealing performance in Ma Rainey’s Black Bottom, and the buzz she’s received on the festival circuit for the upcoming film Zola, Taylour Paige is on fire right now. And she’s captured the moment by taking on what could be her first blockbuster franchise movie, the female lead in Legendary’s Toxic Avenger.

Deadline reports Paige has joined Peter Dinklage and Jacob Tremblay in The Toxic Avenger, a revival of Troma’s cult favorite mutant environmentalist superhero. While it’s not confirmed who Paige will be playing, it’s a pretty good bet she’ll be a love interest of some kind, perhaps Toxie’s blind girlfriend/future wife Sara?

Macon Blair (I Don’t Feel at Home in this World Anymore) is directing this new take on The Toxic Avenger, based on the classic 1984 film. The basic premise remains the same, “a struggling everyman is pushed into a vat of toxic waste and is transformed into a mutant freak who must go from shunned outcast to underdog hero as he races to save his son, his friends, and his community from the forces of corruption and greed.”


Travis Hopson
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