Arnold Schwarzenegger’s comeback in The Last Stand didn’t do as well at the box office as he’d hoped, but he’s not giving up and is now close to signing on for a role in the long gestating The Toxic Avenger reboot, according to Variety.
The action star won’t be playing Toxie, but instead will be playing a secondary lead. Details of that character are being kept under wraps for the time being.
Hot Tub Time Machine director Steve Pink co-wrote the screenplay with Daniel C. Mitchell for this remake. Troma’s original Toxic Avenger sprang to life in 1984, telling the story of a meek janitor who is doused with toxic waste and mutates into a head-smashing superhero. The franchise has spawned five feature films, including the soon to be released Toxic Twins: The Toxic Avenger V, and an animated TV series.
It isn’t known when The Toxic Avenger reboot might go into production, but the project is being sold at Cannes, with producers hoping for a 2014 release.