He may have been just a sweet transvestite, but this time around, he’s narrating the whole dang story!
Fox’s The Rocky Horror Picture Show remake just cast the iconic, original cast member Tim Curry. But since his previous role of Dr. Frank-N-Furter is already taken (by none other than Orange Is the New Black‘s Laverne Cox), he’s going to be playing the Criminologist Narrator in the two-hour television event airing this fall.
“I am very happy and excited to be a part of this new event,” Curry said in a statement after the news was announced today at the 2016 TCA Winter Press Tour.
The Emmy winner and Tony Award nominee was the first to play the breakout role of Dr. Frank-N-Furter in the 1973 London stage production of “The Rocky Horror Show,” returning to play the character in the Lou Adler-executive-produced film The Rocky Horror Picture Show, which premiered September 26, 1975. It has been in theatrical distribution longer than any other film in history.
Curry joins previously announced cast members Cox, Victoria Justice as Janet, Ryan McCartan as Brad, Adam Lambert as Eddie, Reeve Carney as Riff Raff, and Staz Nair as Rocky.
The Rocky Horror Picture Show follows young and innocent sweethearts Janet and Brad, who stumble upon Dr. Frank-N-Furter’s bizarre abode. Frank-N-Furter, a sexually ambiguous, flirtatious alien mad scientist – with the help of his faithful servants Riff Raff and Magenta – 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.
Executive-produced by Grammy Award winner and Rock and Roll Hall of Fame inductee Lou Adler, TV, film and Broadway producer Gail Berman and High School Musical genius Kenny Ortega, Fox’s version of The Rocky Horror Picture Show is a re-imagining of the cult classic, which is celebrating its 40th anniversary. One of the most popular films of all time, it still plays in movie theaters around the world.
What do you think of Curry’s big return to the franchise which made him a household name?
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The Rocky Horror Picture Show airs this fall on Fox.