Groundbreaking actress and LGBT advocate Laverne Cox, who made history as the first transgender actor to receive an Emmy nomination, just confirmed her next big role.
The “Orange Is The New Black” standout will star in an upcoming remake of The Rocky Horror Picture Show for Fox. Cox will assume the role of Dr. Frank-N-Futer, played by Tim Curry in the original Broadway production and 1975 movie.
The Rocky Horror Picture Show follows lovers Janet Weiss and Brad Majors, played in the movie by Susan Sarandon and Barry Bostwick, who happen upon Dr. Frank-N-Furter’s bizarre abode. Frank-N-Furter, a sexually ambiguous flirtatious alien mad-scientist, is holding an annual Transylvanian science convention to showcase the birth of “Rocky Horror” – a fit, attractive man created solely to fulfill Frank’s desires.
Cox, who received an Emmy nomination for her role as transgender inmate Sophia Burset on Netflix’s award-winning “Orange Is The New Black,” also won a daytime Emmy for her jarring documentary Laverne Cox Presents: The T Word. Additionally, she appeared in the Paul Weitz comedy Grandma, and has a co-starring role on the CBS drama, “Doubt.”
Fox’s remake of The Rocky Horror Picture Show is currently scheduled to premeire on the network in the Fall of 2016.