The quintessential midnight movie is about to get a new look. As first revealed in Entertainment Weekly, Laverne Cox’s take on Dr. Frank-N-Furter of “The Rocky Horror Picture Show” draws as much inspiration from David Bowie as it does from Tim Curry, who originated the role in the 1975 classic. Fox’s new TV version of the play-turned-movie will be headlined by the “Orange Is the New Black” star, who in 2014 became the first openly transgender actor to be nominated for a Primetime Emmy.
“It’s inspired by the original but it’s really our own take,” Cox explained to EW. “It’s way more elaborate and couture. [Director] Kenny Ortega had this vision that Frank was at this old theater and found these old burlesque costumes and is, like, using them and wearing them now but has altered them a bit.” “Rocky Horror” has been a cult movie for decades, inspiring fans to show up to midnight screenings in costume and mimic the action as it plays out onscreen. This phenomenon began in New York before spreading to Los Angeles, San Francisco and all across the country.
Tony-winner William Ivey Long designed the costumes for the new production, which also stars Ben Vereen as Dr. Scott, Christina Milian as Magenta, Annaleigh Ashford as Columbia, Victoria Justice as Janet, Adam Lambert as Eddie; Curry will also have a cameo as the narrator. Fox will air its “Rocky Horror Picture Show Event” this fall.
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