Peter Dinklage has played both an evil scientist and a Norse blacksmith in Marvel movies, but he's never been the hero in a superhero movie. Now, the actor best known for playing Tyrion Lannister in Game of Thrones has found his superhero picture: The Toxic Avenger.
Dinklage will star in Legendary's Toxic Avenger film, according to a report from Deadline. Macon Blair will write and direct what is described as a contemporary reimagining of Troma Entertainment's 1984 hit of the same name. Dinklage will play Toxie, the superhero around which the film centers. Lloyd Kaufman and Michael Herz will serve as producers for Troma Entertainment.
The original 1984 film was produced by Troma Entertainment and co-directed by founders Lloyd Kaufman and Michael Herz. It tells the story of a man named Melvin who, after being pushed into a vat of toxic waste, transforms into a mutant. He has to save his family and town from organized crime and corrupt officials.
After the debut of the original "Toxic Avenger" film, it became a cult classic and expanded into a musical production, children's cartoon series and Marvel comic. Toxie has also since become a mascot of sorts for Troma Entertainment.