Ahead of the release of its eagerly-anticipated reboot of 1975 cult musical The Rocky Horror Picture Show, Fox has released a teaser trailer offering the first look at Orange Is The New Black star Laverne Cox as iconic character Dr Frank-N-Furter. The two-hour TV movie will reportedly be a reimagining of the 20th Century Fox original, which in 2015 celebrated its 40th year in theatrical distribution – longer than any other film in history.
This time around however, instead of Susan Sarandon and Barry Bostwick, young, recently engaged couple Janet Weiss and Brad Majors will be played by Victoria Justice and Ryan McCartan respectively, as they stumble across the bizarre residence of Frank-N-Furter when their car breaks down in the middle of nowhere.
Keen to welcome them in, the kooky and flirtatious alien mad scientist Frank-N-Furter invites them to an annual Transylvanian science convention he's hosting, in honour of showcasing the birth of Rocky Horror – a fit, attractive man created solely to fulfill Frank's desires.
Reeve Carney can be seen in the clip as handyman Riff Raff while Christina Milian is set to play Magenta. Star of the original Tim Curry will also be making an appearance as The Criminologist. Musician Adam Lambert is taking on Meatloaf's role from the classic, Eddie, while Canadian actress Jayne Eastwood (My Big Fat Greek Wedding) will play The Butler.
High School Musical's Kenny Ortega has choreographed, produced and directed the television special, working with a script from Richard O' Brien. Lou Adler and Gail Berman have both been on board the project as executive producers. Given Ortega's experience in balancing both story and musical numbers, fans of the original film can expect to see renditions of their favourite songs, including Dammit Janet, Toucha Toucha Touch Me, Sweet Transvestite and, of course, Time Warp. It is scheduled to be broadcast on Halloween 2016.
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