The Toxic Avenger remake has been rated R for strong violence and gore, plus language and nudity

A release date has yet to be announced for I Don’t Feel at Home in This World Anymore director Macon Blair’s remake of the Troma cult classic The Toxic Avenger (watch it HERE), which finished filming last August, but here’s a good sign: the film has been screened for the ratings board at the Motion Picture Association and has officially earned an R rating for “strong violence and gore, language throughout, sexual references and brief graphic nudity“.

So if you’ve been worried that this take on The Toxic Avenger was going to end up being PG-13, worry no longer!

Blair’s version of the concept stars Peter Dinklage as

Winston, a stereotypical weakling who works as a janitor at Garb-X health club and is diagnosed with a terminal illness that can only be cured by an expensive treatment that his greedy, power hungry employer refuses to pay for. After deciding to take matters into his own hands and rob his company, Winston falls into a pit of toxic waste and is transformed into a deformed monster that sets out to do good and get back at all the people who have wronged him.

Dinklage is joined in the cast by Jacob Tremblay (presumably as Winston’s son), Taylour Paige as the “female lead” (we haven’t heard any details on her character), Julia Davis and Elijah Wood as unspecified characters, Jonny Coyne as a “shadowy criminal figure”, Sarah Niles as a “corrupt city official”, and Kevin Bacon as the primary villain, a role Wood had originally been rumored for. Blair is also in the cast as a guy named Dennis.

According to The Illuminerdi, the main villain is rumored to be 

Bob Garbinger – Leonine hair and eerie plastic surgery. Evil head of the shady company Garb X. He has no regard for the well being of anyone but himself and embarks on a murderous spree to become as powerful as Toxie. His ego is bolstered by his standing amongst the towns official but in reality he lives in fear of the underworld gang he’s indebted to.

The Toxic Avenger was filmed in Bulgaria. Troma’s Lloyd Kaufman and Michael Herz produced the remake with Legendary Entertainment.

Blair said he was aiming to honor the original Toxic Avenger with his version of the story, and judging by the reasons given for its R rating it sounds like he has.

Are you glad to hear that this version of The Toxic Avenger has been rated R? Let us know by leaving a comment below.

Source: Film Ratings

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