Fox’s “Rocky Horror Picture Show” has invited Laverne Cox
to come up to its lab.
The “Orange is the New Black
” actress has been cast as the sexually ambiguous flirtatious alien mad scientist Frank-n-Furter in the two-hour event special, said to be a re-imagination of the cult classic. The part is most famously played by a leather-corseted Tim Curry
in the film version of the musical, which turned 40 this year.
Fox’s version was announced earlier this year, with “High School Musical
’s” Kenny Ortega
on board to direct, choreograph and exec produce. Gail Berman
is producing the two-hour special through her Jackal Group
with Fox 21 Television Studios. Lou Adler
, who exec produced the movie, is also on board to exec produce. (Berman attempted to get a similar production on the air when she was president of Fox.)
The stage production “The Rocky Horror Show” first appeared in the