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Laverne Cox to play Frank-N-Furter in Rocky Horror Picture Show TV special

10.22.2015

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Earlier this year, Fox announced plans for a THE ROCKY HORROR PICTURE SHOW television special to celebrate the film's 40th anniversary, and now Variety has learned that Orange is the New Black actress Laverne Cox has been cast as Dr. Frank-N-Furter. Cox became the first openly transgender person to be nominated for an Emmy acting award for her role as Sophia Burset on the Netflix series, and recently appeared in the Paul Weitz-directed comedy-drama GRANDMA.

The two-hour event special has been described as a reimagined take on the cult movie, which was based on the original stage musical by Richard O'Brien. High School Musical’s Kenny Ortega will direct and choreograph the project, as well as executive produce alongside Lou Adler, who also served as an executive producer on the 1975 film. Gail Berman (Buffy the Vampire Slayer, Angel) is also producing through her Jackal Group with Fox 21 Television Studios.

What are your thoughts on Laverne Cox playing the sweet transvestite from Transsexual, Transylvania? Do you think she'll be able to top (or at least match) Tim Curry's performance as the sexually ambiguous alien scientist?

Fox's revival special of THE ROCKY HORROR PICTURE SHOW is expected to air in fall of 2016.

Source: Variety

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2:41PM on 10/22/2015
Nothing against the actress but casting a transgender person as a transvestite seems like they're taking a bit of Frank's outrageousness out of the production.
Nothing against the actress but casting a transgender person as a transvestite seems like they're taking a bit of Frank's outrageousness out of the production.
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10:00AM on 10/22/2015
No one could possibly replace Tim Curry. So I'm glad that if they're even thinking of rebooting this, at least they're going in a COMPLETELY different direction. I think she'll be great.
No one could possibly replace Tim Curry. So I'm glad that if they're even thinking of rebooting this, at least they're going in a COMPLETELY different direction. I think she'll be great.
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9:34AM on 10/22/2015
Well, Tim Curry's performance is iconic, so the chance of her matching that is pretty slim (hard to beat forty years of pop culture relevance, you know?) But Laverne Cox is great and it's cool that they thought to cast an actual trans woman, so maybe this won't be completely terrible. I have little interest in it, personally, but eh. Maybe I could tune in for Laverne Cox.
Well, Tim Curry's performance is iconic, so the chance of her matching that is pretty slim (hard to beat forty years of pop culture relevance, you know?) But Laverne Cox is great and it's cool that they thought to cast an actual trans woman, so maybe this won't be completely terrible. I have little interest in it, personally, but eh. Maybe I could tune in for Laverne Cox.
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9:27AM on 10/22/2015
Showing my age but hated this when it came and still do!
Showing my age but hated this when it came and still do!
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2:18PM on 10/22/2015
Not many liked it back then. It had it's fans but not overwhelming. It took a few years to take off at all if you remember. I saw it 4 times between 1979-1980. It was showing every weekend at a small theater near me, at midnight. A scattering of the same people each week, some standing up at the stage awkwardly acting it out and others awkwardly throwing stuff and quoting the movie. It was "edgy" for sure, but so was much of the 70s. I think it seems more popular today than back then. The
Not many liked it back then. It had it's fans but not overwhelming. It took a few years to take off at all if you remember. I saw it 4 times between 1979-1980. It was showing every weekend at a small theater near me, at midnight. A scattering of the same people each week, some standing up at the stage awkwardly acting it out and others awkwardly throwing stuff and quoting the movie. It was "edgy" for sure, but so was much of the 70s. I think it seems more popular today than back then. The soundtrack is unbelievably AWESOME though. I still love it. I like the movie too, just not enough to watch it again. Tim Curry means more to me now than then, because back then nobody knew him. He wasn't this icon he later became. Maybe that's why it does so well now.
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