Not only does the trailer offer an early look at Orange is the New Black actress Laverne Cox as Dr. Frank-N-Furter, but it also reveals a cameo from the film’s original eccentric doc, Tim Curry. Oh, and there’s a great nod to the movie’s audience-interactive history, too.
Directed by Kenny Ortega (Hocus Pocus, Newsies), the remake also stars Victoria Justice and Ryan McCartan as Janet and Brad, respectively, with musician Adam Lambert in the role of Eddie, Reeve Carney (Penny Dreadful) as Riff Raff, Staz Nair as Rocky, Annaleigh Ashford as Columbia, and Christina Milian as Magenta. Curry will portray the film’s narrator character, known as “The Criminologist.”
The official synopsis for the film reads as follows:
The Rocky Horror Picture Show follows 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.
The film is the network’s follow-up to its successful Grease Live! which aired in January and was received well by critics and television audiences. Both NBC and FOX have found success with bringing musicals and popular stage productions to the small screen over the last few years, with NBC producing both The Sound of Music Live! and Peter Pan Live! in 2013 and 2014, respectively.
The Rocky Horror Picture Show will air at 8 p.m. ET on Thursday, October 20.
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