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John Travolta Rumored To Star In 'The Toxic Avenger' Reboot But Not As The Hero

The Playlist By Edward Davis | The Playlist August 21, 2012 at 2:53PM

In the spring of 2010, a not-so-brilliant, hare-brained idea was announced: a remake of Troma Entertainment's campy, super low-budget, sex-filled 1984 B-movie (or is that Z-movie?) "The Toxic Avenger." With genius Akiva Goldsman ("I Am Legend," "Mr. & Mrs. Smith"), on board, the reconstituted idea was to make a family friendly pro-environment PG-13 movie. And who better to front the green movement than a deformed mop-wielding superhero from New Jersey?
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Toxic Avenger, John Travolta

In the spring of 2010, a not-so-brilliant, hare-brained idea was announced: a remake of Troma Entertainment's campy, super low-budget, sex-filled 1984 B-movie (or is that Z-movie?) "The Toxic Avenger." With genius Akiva Goldsman ("I Am Legend," "Mr. & Mrs. Smith"), on board, the reconstituted idea was to make a family friendly pro-environment PG-13 movie. And who better to front the green movement than a deformed mop-wielding superhero from New Jersey?

Twitch and other sites have noticed that The Wrap-owned film development database It's On The Grid lists actor John Travolta as part of the cast. That's lead many to speculate and or assume that Travolta has been cast as the toxic sludgeman himself. But according to Variety, he's not being sought as the titular hero, but for a different, unspecified part. 

Steve Pink ("Hot Tub Time Machine") is already attached to direct based on a script by Daniel C. Mitchell, but has Travolta even been cast? While It's On the Grid is a good database, it's hardly 100% accurate and often, like many tracking board sites, lists actors far too early in the process that never end up in the role. Hey, sure, we're hoping as much as you that Travolta does another late-career bang as this poon-hound low-rent superhero. But as a PG-13, pro-environmental movie, that's not at all exciting. Then again, as a possible early Razzie contender for 2013, we understand the appeal. File this one under fun, dumb rumor, until you hear otherwise.

This article is related to: The Toxic Avenger, Steve Pink, John Travolta


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