Laverne Cox is about to jump to the left — then take a step to the right.
The Orange Is the New Black actress has landed the plum role of Dr. Frank-N-Furter — the sweet transvestite from Transexual, Transylvania — in Fox’s upcoming remake of The Rocky Horror Picture Show.
Cox has increased visibility for transgender actors with a 2014 Emmy nod for Outstanding Guest Actress in a Comedy Series for OITNB, as well as roles on The Mindy Project and Girlfriends’ Guide to Divorce. She is also attached to the current CBS pilot Doubt, alongside Katherine Heigl and Steven Pasquale.
Fox’s two-hour Rocky Horror will reimagine the cult-classic musical comedy, which was released in theaters 40 years ago and has spawned regular midnight singalong screenings and a Broadway spinoff in the ensuing decades.
Fox’s logline for the musical notes that it “follows sweethearts Janet Weiss and Brad Majors, who stumble upon Dr. Frank-N-Furter’s bizarre abode. Frank-N-Furter, a sexually ambiguous flirtatious alien mad-scientist, is holding an annual, Transylvanian science convention to showcase the birth of ‘Rocky Horror’ — a fit, attractive man created solely to fulfill Frank’s desires.”
The role of Frank-N-Furter was played by Tim Curry in the 1975 film.
Fox’s version is slated to air in Fall 2016.
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