Elijah Wood and Julia Davis are set to star in a reboot of the 1984 cult classic, The Toxic Avenger. The original film starred former professional wrestler Steve “The Toxic Avenger” Trevante as Melvin Ferd III, an unlikely hero who seeks his revenge against the corrupt mayor of Tromaville. In this new adaptation, which is currently being filmed in Toronto, Wood will play the lead role with Davis as his sidekick Shelly.
About the Elijah Wood and Julia Davis:
Elijah Wood is an English actor and producer. He made his film debut with a leading role in Back to the Future Part II (1989) at age nine, when he was chosen by director Robert Zemeckis for his bright personality and willingness to take on difficult parts as an actor.
Julia Davis is also British but lives in Montréal, Québec. She has been classified as one of Britain’s top comedians, best known for her roles on television programs such as The Comic Strip Presents… series.”
I think it will be exciting that Mr. Ferd gets revenge against corrupt Mayor Tully this time around,” said Elijah Wood about playing Melvin Fard III in the rebooted Toxic Avenger movie. “It’s also great that I get to work with Julia Davis, who is just a comedic genius.”
About the “Toxic avenger reboot”:
The original movie series, which began in 1984 and spawned three sequels over the next decade, was directed by Lloyd Kaufman.
Kaufman has been interviewed on many occasions about his involvement in The Toxic Avenger films, and had this to say about the new film: “[It] feels like it belongs in the Troma family more than anything else… We’re really happy they want our name for some of their branding purposes”.
“We are not going back to make jokes,” said director Darren Lynn Bousman (Prey). “This will be an action-horror revenge thriller superhero reboot where we explore what would happen if you realign the Toxie character. We’re not going to go back and be self-referential; it’s something new.”
Kaufman said he is “very happy” with Bousman being at the helm of this project because of his work on films like Saw II, III, and IV; Repo! The Genetic Opera; Mother Of Tears (Three Mothers Trilogy); Murder Rock & Drag Me To Hell.
Bousman added: “[The film] will have a lot more fighting in it but still rooted in who Toxie was originally… It has some really cool set pieces that are just amazing”.
This version of Toxic Avenger is described as an “action horror revenge thriller superhero reboot,” where we explore what would happen if you realign the Toxie character.
Coming soon: Toxic Avenger reboot starring Elijah Wood and Julia Davis
This article on Elijah Wood and Julia Davis’s toxic avenger reboot explores the details of a film where we will explore what would happen if you realigned the Toxie character, with more fighting but still rooted in who it was originally. It has some really cool set pieces that are just amazing.”The Toxic Avenger is an action horror revenge thriller superhero movie based around three scripts… One script deals with Dr. Einstien’s origin story – how he came to be; one script deals with The Bride Of Frankenstein origins story [sic]—how she became a bride of Frankenstein; and one script deals with The Toxic Avenger’s origin story – how he became the Toxic avenger.”
Toxie is a superhero who was turned into a humanoid monster after being unknowingly dumped in a vat of hazardous waste. He has superhuman strength and power but also suffers from hideous skin conditions that force him to wear long underwear and gloves on his hands at all times. After rescuing an innocent woman from some perverts, Toxie becomes aware of himself as a hero, which fuels his desire for revenge against Dr. Einstien (who had caused the accident that leads to Toxie’s transformation)
The film will be directed by Sam Fell (“Over Your Dead Body”) while Elijah Wood plays our titular hero. The original Toxic Avenger was a 1978 cult classic about a man who’s turned into a superhuman monster after being dumped in a vat of hazardous waste and had ever since been fighting evil as an anti-hero.
The film will be directed by Sam Fell (“Over Your Dead Body”) while Julia Davis plays our titular heroine.
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