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Laverne Cox to play Frank-N-Furter in new TV Rocky Horror project

Published 22/10/2015

Laverne Cox
Laverne Cox

Laverne Cox has confirmed she is honoured to become a part of the musical legacy.

Orange is the New Black star Laverne Cox is set to become the latest actor to tackle Frank-N-Furter in The Rocky Horror Picture Show.

The transgender actress will take on the part of the "sweet transvestite from transsexual Transylvania" in a new TV production of Richard O'Brien's cult movie musical.

Tim Curry originated the role on stage and screen, and the mad scientist has also been played by Buffy The Vampire Slayer star Anthony Head, singer Jason Donovan and Jonathan Wilkes.

The 1975 movie, which also featured Meat Loaf, O'Brien, Susan Sarandon and Barry Bostwick, is currently celebrating it's 40th anniversary. The planned TV version, which will be directed and choreographed by High School Musical and This Is It mastermind Kenny Ortega, is expected to hit the small screen in America towards the end of next year (16).

Gail Berman and Lou Adler, who co-produced the original film, are attached as executive producers, according to The Hollywood Reporter.

Laverne is elated to be joining the cast of The Rocky Horror Picture Show, taking to Twitter confirming the news.

“I am so excited to be a part of #RockHorror legacy. #DontDreamItBeIt,” she tweeted on Wednesday 21 October (15).

In a recent cast reunion piece for Entertainment Weekly, Curry recalled seeing the 1975 film for the first time at a theatre in Greenwich Village, New York City.

"It was odd because I was living in the building behind the Waverly," he recalled. "I did go, and I was thrown out because they thought I was an imposter, not actually me. 'Get out of here' is exactly what they said."

The British actor also revealed he sang Little Richard's Tutti Frutti at his audition for the iconic role, and based the character's posh voice on a woman he heard talking about retirement on a London bus.

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