May 12, 2016


'Rocky Horror Picture Show' Reboot: See Laverne Cox as Dr. Frank-N-Furter

Dr. Frank-N-Furter has never looked soooo good.

Entertainment Weekly has the first look at Laverne Cox as her mad scientist character for the upcoming Rocky Horror Picture Show reboot. Everyone's favorite doctor from Transsexual, Transylvania has a more modern look compared to Tim Curry's original portrayal, which was on purpose. Cox explained:

“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. 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.’

The Orange Is the New Black star added that we'll get to hear her sing for the first time. The preparation process aided in her own self-love and self-acceptance:

“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.”

The Rocky Horror reboot hits Fox this fall and includes Adam LambertChristina MilianVictoria Justice, Reeve Carney, Annaleigh Ashford, and many more. Kenny Ortega is known for directing Hocus Pocus and the High School Musical trilogy.

Watch as we asked Orange Is the New Black stars who would run the prison in their show: Rihanna or Nicki Minaj. Their answers may surprise you: