OITNB Actress Laverne Cox is to be Dr. Frank-N-Furter in ‘Rocky Horror’ TV adaptation
Give yourself over to absolute pleasure as “Orange is the new Black” alumnus Laverne Cox has been signed on as Dr. Frank-N-Furter in the upcoming television adaptation of “Rocky Horror Picture Show.” And we are quivering with antici-pation. Read on for more details.
Fox is adapting the midnight cult classic from 1975 for a two hour TV special in 2016, and Laverne Cox will be filling in Tim Curry’s stylish boots as Dr. Frank-N-Furter, Entertainment Online is reporting. The character, who describes himself as “a sweet transvestite from Transsexual Transylvania” is one of the weirdest characters to grace any screen ever. Consider this, not only is he a mad scientist, but also a space alien, who discovers in his lab, “the secret of life itself”, much to the horror of Brad and Janet Masters. Also, Frank later seduces both Brad and Janet, while posing as the other. Talk about charisma, but do not forget the incredible impersonation skills.
And we think Laverne Cox, who is the openly transgender person to win an Emmy and appear on the cover of Time magazine, is absolutely perfect for this role. Her “Orange is then new Black” character Sophia Burset ( a trans woman in prison for credit card fraud) has won her applause from both critics and audience. According to Hollywood Reporter, Dr. Frank was previously offered to Lady Gaga and Adam Lambert, but Cox has more acting prowess than the two of them combined.
Cox tweeted about her eagerness to participate in “Rocky Horror” by taking to twitter, where she attached the hashtag: #DontDreamitBeIt
Cox is certainly be-ing it, as she stars as an attorney in CBS’s new pilot “Doubt”, in a role that was specifically written for a trans actress.
Fox will air the 2 hour “Rocky Horror” special come fall 2016 which will be directed, produced and choreographed by “High School Musical”’s Kenny Ortega.
Photo Source: Facebook/Laverne Cox