‘The Toxic Avenger’ First Look: Peter Dinklage Is Toxie In Macon Blair’s Reboot

It’s been a long time coming the wait for Macon Blair’s The Toxic Avenger, a remake of the TROMA cult classic. But that wait is over. With the announcement of the film premiering at next mont’s FantasticFest, we have the first look at Peter Dinklage as Toxie!

While the image is deliberately masked in fog and shadow, it’s still a pretty good shot of Dinklage as the Toxic Avenger. With Dinklage as Winston Gooze, the cast also features Jacob Tremblay as Winston’s son, Taylour Paige as female lead JJ Doherty, Kevin Bacon as the villain, plus roles for Elijah Wood, Julia Davis, Sarah Niles, Jane Levy, Johnny Coyne, and Blair himself.

The story centers on Winston Gooze, a stereotypical weakling working as a janitor at Garb-X health club. When he’s diagnosed with a terminal illness that can only be cured by an expensive treatment his greedy employers won’t pay for, Winston decides to rob the place, only to fall into a vat of toxic chemicals that transform him into a deformed monster. Now as the Toxic Avenger he sets out to do good and get payback on those who wronged him.

Blair also wrote the screenplay, and the film uses practical effects that have already earned it an ‘R’ rating, which will please its many gore fans. So far, The Toxic Avenger has yet to gain a release date following its world premiere on September 21st.

Travis Hopson has been reviewing movies before he even knew there was such a thing. Having grown up on a combination of bad '80s movies, pro wrestling, comic books, and hip-hop, Travis is uniquely positioned to geek out on just about everything under the sun. A vampire who walks during the day and refuses to sleep, Travis is the co-creator and lead writer for Punch Drunk Critics. He is also a contributor to Good Morning Washington, WBAL Morning News, and WETA Around Town. In the five minutes a day he's not working, Travis is also a voice actor, podcaster, and Twitch gamer. Travis is a voting member of the Critics Choice Association (CCA), Washington DC Area Film Critics Association (WAFCA), and Late Night programmer for the Lakefront Film Festival.