The governator made his return to the big-screen in a leading role with this year's "The Last Stand". While the film opened smaller than what was hoped, it got Arnold Schwarzenegger very much back on Hollywood's radar, after his small but memorable cameo in "The Expendables".
It is now being reported that he is in talks to star in a reboot of the 1980s film "The Toxic Avenger". He will portray a character named The Exterminator, not to be confused with The Terminator, the role that solidified him as an icon to all of us. The Exterminator is a former black ops agent who trains the title character of Melvin Ferd III, to become a a hero once he falls into a batch of toxic waste giving him superpowers.
While I'm not as familiar with the material, I do know Schwarzenegger's strengths fall very much on his charming comedic timing and ability to be a solid action star. This role feels like the perfect fit to reunite us with the Schwarzenegger we all know and love.
You can check out the official press release below:
"Action superstar Arnold Schwarzenegger (TERMINATOR series, TOTAL RECALL) is in negotiations to star in writer/director Steve Pink’s (HOT TUB TIME MACHINE 1 & 2) big budget action comedy THE TOXIC AVENGER produced by Akiva Goldsman (CONSTANTINE, I AM LEGEND, MR AND MRS SMITH), Richard Saperstein (HANCOCK, 1408, SE7EN), Charlie Corwin (HALF NELSON, THE SQUID AND THE WHALE), Stephen Kessler and Michael Benaroya (LAWLESS, MARGIN CALL).
Set to be introduced to buyers at Cannes 2013, THE TOXIC AVENGER is currently in pre-production and scheduled to start principal photography this fall.
Loosely based on Lloyd Kaufman’s classic Troma franchise, THE TOXIC AVENGER is the tale of a high-school kid who gets dunked in a vat of toxic waste by a corrupt chemical company. He survives the ordeal with one major side effect: upon contact with toxic chemicals, he transforms into a monster with superhuman strength. 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."
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