In honor of The Rocky Horror Picture Show's 40th anniversary, Fox has been planning an elaborate televised remake of the cultiest cult classic of all time.
Orange is the New Black's Laverne Cox has been on board since October to play Frank-N-Furter, a role originated by Tim Curry in the 1973 London stage production and reprised in the famed 1975 musical comedy (and horror) film. It's hard to overstate the cultural weight of Curry's portrayal of the sexually ambiguous mad scientist / alien — who became an icon of the 1970s punk scene, LGBT art, counter culture, and grindhouse film.
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Curry has just signed on to appear as the Criminologist Narrator, a small, wryly written part that serves to call attention to the manic kitschiness of the rest of the film. This will be 69-year-old Curry's first live-action appearance following a stroke that placed him in a wheelchair in 2012.
Nickelodeon star Victoria Justice and Disney Channel actor Ryan McCartan will play the virginal leads, Janet and Brad, Penny Dreadful's Reev Carney will appear as the sinister henchman, Riff-Raff, and Adam Lambert has recently signed on to play Eddie, a motorcyclist who meets a grisly end via ice pick. The film will be directed by High School Musical's Kenny Ortega.
Updated January 15th, 3:51 PM EST: Victoria Justice is a Nickelodeon actor, not a Disney Channel actor. Updated to correct the error.