The original ‘Rocky Horror’ legend Tim Curry will return to the story that made him a star - but he may be dressed a tad bit more conservatively this time around.
A ‘reimagining’ of Richard O’Brien’s cult musical is in the works at FOX TV, and it has now been announced that Curry will appear as the narrator, a criminologist, as played by Charles Gray in the original 1975 film.
The role of Dr Frank-N-Furter, as originally played by Curry (who also originated the role on stage), will this time by taken by transgender actress Laverne Cox of ‘Orange is the New Black.’
Also set to star are Victoria Justice in Susan Sarandon’s role of Janet, Ryan McCarten as Brad, and the recently announced Adam Lambert as Eddie, originally played by Meat Loaf.
The TV movie will be directed by Kenny Ortega of ’High School Musical’ and ‘Hocus Pocus’ fame.
Curry states, “I am very happy and excited to be a part of this new event.”
The 69-year old actor has had a hugely prolific career, amassing well over 200 screen credits since making his TV debut in 1968. Outside ‘Rocky Horror,’ his best-loved roles include ‘Legend,’ ‘Stephen King’s IT,’ ‘Home Alone 2: Lost in New York’ and ‘Muppet Treasure Island.’
He has also continued to work at length in theatre, famously originating the role of King Arthur in the Monty Python musical ‘Spamalot.’
However, since suffering a debilitating stroke in 2012 Curry’s work has largely been limited to voice work on TV cartoons.
The new ‘Rocky Horror Picture Show’ is expected to be broadcast in the US this autumn.
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