Laverne Cox to play Frank-N-Furter in The Rocky Horror Picture Show

Let's do the Time Warp again with Fox resurrection of ‘70s classic

Laverne Cox plays transgender prisoner Sophia and is Orange is the New Black's breakout star
Laverne Cox plays transgender prisoner Sophia and is Orange is the New Black's breakout star

If you are dying of anticip……….ation at the news Fox is rebooting The Rocky Horror Picture Show then let us thrill you and fulfil you with information about who is playing Dr Frank-N-Furter.

Orange Is The New Black star Laverne Cox will take on the role of the Transylvanian scientist made iconic by Tim Curry in the 1975 movie version.

Emmy nominee Cox, 31, became one of the first openly trans women to land a major role in a mainstream television series when she joined OITNB in its first season.

She will take a leading role in Fox’s two-hour television resurrection of Rocky Horror which is due for its screen debut in Autumn 2016.

'Rocky Horror Picture Show' - Nell Campbell, Patrick Quinn, Tim Curry and Richard O'Brien, 1970s

Cox recently spoke of her frustration at the focus on surgery in relation to transgender issues, claiming that trans people are being objectified rather than humanised.

“This before [surgery] and after narrative reinforces the idea that the barriers between male and female are so vast and so broad that trans folks must do all this surgery to cross over,” she told the Radio Times.

She added that the focus on surgery reinforces the idea that trans people are “not who they say they are — that we’re fake and artificial.”

Rocky Horror will be directed and choreographed by Kenny Ortega and produced by Lou Adler and Gail Berman.

Sadly original Rocky Horror castmember and The Crystal Maze presenter Richard O'Brien has confirmed he will not be making an appearance in the new version.

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