Orange is the New Black star Laverne Cox is looking absolutely fierce in this first look as Dr. Frank-N-Furter. The role of Frank is not an easy one to take on. Tim Curry’s performance in 1975 as the sweet transvestite from Transsexual, Transylvania is one of the most iconic roles in cinematic history, in my opinion at least. The Rocky Horror Picture Show was absolutely revolutionary and pushed the boundaries of cinema to create a cult classic phenomena.
William Ivey Long has reinvented the classic Frank look into something completely unique and Cox had this to say about it;
We were on set and a reporter saw me and said I looked like the love child of Grace Jones and David Bowie. I said ‘That’s exactly right.’ I think we mix up the look more than they did in the original. It’s inspired by the original but it’s really our own take. It’s way more elaborate and couture. [Director] Kenny Ortega had this vision that Frank was at this old theater and found these old burlesque costumes and is, like, using them and wearing them now but has altered them a bit.
Cox also opened up about her experience with the role as a trans woman;
When I started training again last year, I started working my chest voice. As a trans woman with a low voice, I had been so afraid of those low tones. This is a character where it’s absolutely appropriate that I sing in the base baritone register that I have. What’s also fun is playing with those higher notes in my register too. This is sort of my professional singing debut. But it’s been wonderful claiming my chest voice. It’s been really healing.
Tim Curry is returning to the Rocky Horror stage as the narrator. Also joining the cast is Adam Lambert as Eddie, originally played by Meat Loaf, Victoria Justice as Janet, originally played by Susan Sarandon, and Ryan McCartan as Brad, originally played by Barry Bostwick. FOX is bringing The Rocky Horror Picture Show remake to us this Fall.