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Schwarzenegger up for Toxic Avenger

Arnold Schwarzenegger is in talks to star in a Toxic Avenger remake.

The action star is said to be in negotiations to play The Exterminator in Hot Tub Time Machine director Steve Pink's upcoming action comedy, reported Collider.

The new version of the original 1984 film, which is loosely based on Lloyd Kaufman's Troma franchise, will follow a high school student who develops superhuman strength after he gets dunked in a vat of toxic waste. Arnie's character, a former Black Ops agent, will help train the teenager to use his powers wisely before the duo join forces to fight against polluters.

The film's producer Michael Benaroya said in a statement: "Movie-goers around the world were thrilled when Arnold Schwarzenegger returned to acting so effortlessly filling the gap that he left behind. He is the ultimate action hero with a natural comedic versatility and will be pitch perfect in The Toxic Avenger."

Production on The Toxic Avenger is set to begin in the autumn.

Arnold, who was previously seen in The Expendables 2 and The Last Stand, has been getting his acting career back on track, after his political turn as the Governor of California.

The 65-year-old will next star in action thriller Escape Plan (formerly known as The Tomb) alongside old friend Sylvester Stallone, and David Ayer's Ten with Sam Worthington. He is also set to reprise his role as Trench in the third instalment of The Expendables, and is attached to portray Conan in The Legend Of Conan.

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