The Rocky Horror Picture Show is getting a remake, this time as a TV event made for the Fox Network which is set to be directed by High School Musical’s Kenny Ortega. Now the production has found the person for the iconic role of Frank-N-Furter – the wonderful Laverne Cox.
While the role of the ‘sweet transvestite from Transsexual, Transylvania’ is traditionally played by a man, this time around it’s getting a bit of a twist with a transgender woman taking the part.
Due to be screened in 2016, the TV production will see Cox as the owner of a peculiar castle full of eccentric characters. The strait-laced Brad & Janet accidentally end up in their midst, and discover that Frank-N-Furter has been building himself a man in his laboratory. It also unleashes the sexual desires that Brad & Janet have been busily suppressing. The cult stage and screen phenomenon pays homage to b-movie sci and horror of the 50s, dosed wih liberal sprinklings of pansexual openness, which has helped ensure it’s remained popular for 40 years.
Unlike NBC’s recent live TV versions of The Sound Of Music and Peter Pan, Rocky will be shot in advance and screened during the autumn of 2016.