Laverne Cox has been casted as the new Dr. Frank-N-Furter in Fox’s The Rocky Horror Picture Show reboot, according to reports on Wednesday.

Laverne Cox Will Star In ‘The Rocky Horror Picture Show’ Reboot

Cox will reportedly play the sexually ambiguous Transylvanian mad scientist alien. The iconic role was previously played by Tim Curry in the 1975 Rocky Horror original midnight movie, a film now celebrating its 40th anniversary, the longest run than any other movie in history.

Fox’s two-hour musical event will be directed, choreographed and executive produced by Kenny Ortega, with other executive producers including Lou Adler and Gail Berman.

The Orange is The New Black star became the first openly trans woman of color to have a leading role in a mainstream scripted television series and the first transgender person to receive a prime-time Emmy nomination in an acting category.


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Cox has also recently been cast in the legal drama pilot Doubt, which is being developed at CBS.

Fox announced that The Rocky Horror Picture Show film will debut next fall in 2016.

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