Fox announced today that yes, they’re actually going through with their remake of Rocky Horror Picture Show and they have chosen Laverne Cox as the one who will inherit Tim Curry’s garter belt and fuck-me heels. Fox is describing their Rocky Horror reboot as a 2-hour taped event and a “reimagining,” which is TV talk for “We’re going to butcher the shit out of it, make it ‘family friendly’ and leave you crying and begging for mercy.” via Deadline
Laverne Cox already made history as the first transgender actor to receive an Emmy nomination. Now the Orange Is The New standout is breaking new ground for transgender performers as star of Fox’s TV remake of The Rocky Horror Picture Show. Cox will play Dr. Frank-N-Furter, the role played by Tim Curry in the original Broadway cast and the 1975 movie. With Cox on board, the The Rocky Horror Picture Show, which had been gestating for a while, is getting a formal green light for a premiere in fall 2016.
I’m sure people from Glee, Scream Queens and Empire are going to fill the rest of the cast. You won’t find me bitching (“That’s a first” – you) if Cookie Lyon got cast as Magenta, but my nerves are splitting just from thinking about Lea Michele as Janet. I hope Fox doesn’t cast Fox people, though. I hope the casting of Laverne Cox is just the beginning of an all-OITNB cast that looks like this:
Sophia IS Frank-N-Furter!
Lorna IS Janet!
John Bennett IS Brad!
Red IS Magenta (I just wanted to type that)!
Big Boo IS Eddie (I mean, she’s already done it)!
Flaca IS Columbia!
Pornstache IS Rocky!
Piper IS Riff Raff!
And I only chose Piper as Riff Raff, because she kind of looks like him. But in my dream mash-up of OITNB and Rocky Horror, Riff Raff doesn’t speak and barely gets any screen time.