Emmy-nominated actress Laverne Cox, best known for playing Sophia Burset on Netflix's Orange Is the New Black, will have some tough high-heeled shoes to fill as she has been cast as Dr. Frank-N-Furter in Fox's Rocky Horror Picture Show remake. Tim Curry (IT) brought the iconic role to life in the original 1975 film.
Official press release follows:
Lou Adler (Grammy Award winner and Rock and Roll Hall of Fame inductee) executive-producedThe Rocky Horror Picture Show for Twentieth Century Fox, which premiered on September 26, 1975, and is the longest-running movie in motion picture history. Adler met Gail Berman (TV, film and Broadway producer) in 2004. Berman shared his passion and vision for the reimagined version of the 40-year-old cult-classic and, in 2014, they partnered to begin development.
The Rocky Horror Picture Show is from Fox 21 Television Studios and The Jackal Group. Adler and Berman will serve as executive producers. Emmy Award winner Kenny Ortega ("High School Musical" franchise, "This Is It," "Descendants," "Hocus Pocus," "Newsies") will direct, choreograph and executive-produce.
The Rocky Horror Picture Show 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 two-hour Rocky Horror Picture Show event will air in the fall of 2016 on Fox.