Arnold Schwarzenegger in Talks for Role in 'Toxic Avenger' Remake

May 13, 2013
Source: Variety

Arnold Schwarzenegger

Over two years ago, we learned that Hot Tub Time Machine director Steve Pink was attached to direct a remake of the cult classic The Toxic Avenger. Since then, the only news we've heard on the project came late last summer when John Travolta was rumored for some sort of role in the film, but not the titular hero. Now another big name is in talks for a lead role, but again it's not to play Toxie himself. Variety has word that Arnold Schwarzenegger, who returned to leading movies this past January in The Last Stand is currently negotiating to take an unknown lead role in the reimagining of the 80s property. More below!

The original film focused on a mop-wielding simpleton named Melvin, whose trusting ways made him easy prey for thugs who tossed him into a vat of toxic waste, thus turning him into The Toxic Avenger. A transformation after an encounter with some toxic waste gave him rippling muscles and despite a rather grotesque exterior appearance, some beautiful ladies finally started noticing Melvin and he became a superhuman crimefighter. The film spawned several sequels, a musical and even a cartoon series. There's no telling how soon this project might come together, but we're at least intrigued so far, especially if this turns into some kind of mature comedy, something we'd love to see Schwarzengger tackle in his big screen return.

UPDATE: A press release has revealed that Schwarzenegger would play The Exterminator, a former black ops agent, who trains Toxie to use his powers for good. Together they take on the lurking menace created by the polluters, and the polluters themselves. So it's clear this is going to be ridiculous and tongue in cheek, maybe even comparable to Schwarzenegger's work in Batman & Robin.

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geteffed on May 13, 2013


The novelty of Arnie returning to the screen is losing its appeal (public interest and box office receipts will tell you) mostly because whatever he's been in since being the "Guvnor" has been bad with nothing new other than his hair dye.

K.L.M on May 13, 2013


Indeed, he just needs to retire. The last stand was just awful, though that cant be blamed on him it shows that his name alone cant carry a movie anymore.

Cody W on May 13, 2013


The Last Stand was amazing and proved that Arnold's still got it.

Matt Peloquin on May 14, 2013



DAVIDPD on May 13, 2013


Is this a sell out by Troma? 🙂 Any news on the return to Conan? Seems like he's wasting time here.

David Banner on May 14, 2013


He also might be in Sam Raimi's Army of Darkness 2 coming out 2016. Here's a video of his audition:

ironmanjakarta on May 14, 2013


I normally don't care about remakes, I watch them, if they are good, great, if they suck who cares cause I still like the originals, But Damn do they gotta hollywoodize Toxie? I really don't see this fitting in in the big summer movies unless they water it down a lot.

Jimmy Love on May 14, 2013

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