Peter Dinklage to Star in 'Toxic Avenger' for Legendary

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The reboot of the 1984 cult hit is described as a contemporary reimagining that will subvert the superhero genre.

Peter Dinklage is breathing new life into a 1980s cult property. The Game of Thrones alum is joining The Toxic Avenger, The Hollywood Reporter has confirmed.

Legendary is behind the reboot of the 1984 film from schlock movie house Troma Entertainment. The original film centered on a mild-mannered man named Melvin, who becomes disfigured after falling into a vat of toxic waste, and goes on to fight bad guys under the superhero name Toxie. Toxic Avenger went on to be Troma's biggest hit, and the character became a mascot for the company.

Macon Blair, known for the Sundance film I Don't Feel at Home in This World Anymore, will write and direct the project, described as a contemporary reimagining that will subvert the superhero genre a la Deadpool (2016). Troma founders Lloyd Kaufman and Michael Herz, director of the original, will produce the new outing.

Dinklage starred as Tyron Lannister from 2011-19 on HBO's Game of Thrones, earning four Emmys and a Golden Globe for the role. He had a small role in Avengers: Infinity War (2018), and played an antagonist in X-Men: Days of Future Past (2014). He is currently in production on director Joe Wright's Cyrano.

Dinklage is repped by CAA & Jackoway Austen.