Laverne Cox to Play Dr. Frank-N-Furter in 'Rocky Horror Picture Show' TV Remake - NBC Chicago

Laverne Cox to Play Dr. Frank-N-Furter in 'Rocky Horror Picture Show' TV Remake



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    Actress Laverne Cox attends the American Ballet 75th Anniversary Fall Gala at David H. Koch Theater at Lincoln Center on October 21, 2015 in New York City.

    Consider us officially shivering with antici...pation.

    Laverne Cox has officially been cast as Dr. Frank-N-Furter in Fox's 2016 reimagining of "The Rocky Horror Picture Show," and we are feeling pretty groovy about this casting news.

    The two-hour event is set to air on Fox next fall as a celebration of the original film's 40 years of theatrical distribution.

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    Cox will have some big shoes to fill since, in our humble opinion, Frank-N-Furter is one of the greatest and strangest movie characters of all time — originally played in the 1975 film by Tim Curry.

    Frank describes himself in song as a "sweet transvestite from Transsexual Transylvania." He's also a mad scientist and a space alien who has invited a bunch of very strange friends to his castle to witness the birth of the man he created.

    In the movie, we were introduced to Frank and his loyal servants, Riff-Raff, Columbia and Magenta, through the eyes of Brad, played by Barry Bostwick, and Janet, portrayed by Susan Sarandon, a young couple whose car has broken down just down the road. They knock on the castle's door looking for a phone, but, well, they don't really find one.

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    Cox tweeted about her excitement, saying, "I am so excited to be a part of #RockHorror legacy. #DontDreamItBeIt."

    Cox is best known for her role as transgender inmate Sophia Burset on Netflix's "Orange is the New Black," and even earned an Emmy nomination for her portrayal. She was also the first openly transgender actress to earn an Emmy nomination.

    The actress has appeared in numerous shows, including "The Mindy Project," "Girlfriends' Guide to Divorce," and "Faking It." She also landed a lead role in the CBS pilot "Doubt" as a transgender attorney — a role specifically written for Cox.

    Rocky Horror will be produced by Lou Adler, who was also an executive producer on the original film. Adler is partnering with Gail Berman for the reimagining. The project has been in development since 2014.

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