*Laverne Cox has been cast in Fox’s TV remake of “The Rocky Horror Picture Show,” reports Deadline.com.
The “Orange is the New Black” star will play Dr. Frank-N-Furter, the role made famous by Tim Curry in the original Broadway cast and 1975 movie.
With Cox on board, “The Rocky Horror Picture Show,” which had been gestating for a while, is getting a formal green light for a premiere in fall 2016, notes Deadline.
The two-hour taped event is described as a reimagining of the 20th Century Fox cult classic, which last month marked 40 years of theatrical distribution – longer than any other film in history.
The Rocky Horror Picture Show follows sweethearts Janet Weiss and Brad Majors, played in the movie by Susan Sarandon and Barry Bostwick, 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.
Cox, who received an Emmy nomination for her role as transgender inmate Sophia Burset on Netflix’s “OITNB,” also has a co-starring role in CBS’ legal drama pilot “Doubt.” Additionally, she appeared Paul Weitz’s feature comedy “Grandma.” Her documentary, “Laverne Cox Presents: The T Word,” won a Daytime Emmy Award.