Grammy-nominated singer Adam Lambert is joining Fox’s Rocky Horror Picture Show reboot as Eddie, “the rock-n-roll loving, ex-delivery boy, who emerges at Dr. Frank-N-Furter’s on a motorcycle and crashes the party,” per THR. Lambert rose to fame in 2009 after finishing as runner-up on the eighth season of American Idol. He has since sold over 2.5 million albums and 5 million singles worldwide.
“I grew up watching Rocky Horror, but could never imagine that I would be part of this new vision,” says Lambert. “Rocky Horror always made me feel like it was okay to celebrate my weirdness. Hallelujah, bless my soul! I love that old time rock-n-roll!”
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The Rocky Horror Picture Show is a satirical tribute to the science fiction and horror B movies of the 1930s through early 1970s. The story follows newlyweds Janet Weiss (Victoria Justice) and Brad Majors (Ryan McCartan) who lose their innocence after they stumble upon the curiously strangle residence of Dr. Frank-N-Furter, a sexually ambiguous alien mad scientist. He is hosting the annual Transylvanian science convention to showcase the birth of his “Rocky Horror” – an attractive man created to fulfill Frank’s kinky desires.
The role of biker Eddie was immortalized by musician/actor Meatloaf, who is one of the best-selling artists of all time — having sold more than 80 million records. The original film also starred Barry Bostwick and Susan Sarandon as Brad and Janet.
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It was previously announced that actress Laverne Cox will play the flirtatious Dr. Frank-N-Furter in the Fox reboot. The iconic role launched the career of British actor/singer Tim Curry in the 1975 midnight movie musical horror, now celebrating a record 40 years of theatrical distribution. For the film, Curry reprised the role he had originated in the 1973 London and 1974 Los Angeles stage productions of The Rocky Horror Show. The film script was based on the musical and penned by Sharman and Richard O’Brien.
In an interview with Terry Gross on her radio program “Fresh Air,” Curry recalled the moment he got to meet Prince Charles and Princess Diana because she loved him in The Rocky Horror Picture Show and had requested a meeting with the actor. Princess Diana told Tim, with a “wicked smile,” that the film had “quite completed my education.”
There hasn’t been too much detail revealed about the Fox reimagining, but Cox has promised that it won’t mimic the 1975 cult classic.
“The wardrobe is not like the original,” she said, adding that director Kenny Ortega’s vision was “very fashion forward. Very ’70s.”
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Laverne has also spoken about her rigorous training and rehearsals for the project. “I’m doing lots of dance classes—Oh, my god, the pain! I’ve been working really hard,” she said.
Luckily she is a longtime Rocky Horror fan, so she doesn’t have to work too hard at memorizing the lyrics to the iconic songs, as Jezebel notes.
“I was in college at Indiana University and some friends of mine were like, we have to see Rocky Horror Picture Show. We watched it on a video. I became obsessed and kept watching it. I got the soundtrack and learned all the songs. I learned the songs and the Time Warp. I knew all of this way before they asked me to do it,” Cox explained.
Sources tell THR that Adam Lambert was originally considered for the role of Frank-N-Furter. He joins a cast that also includes Penny Dreadful alum Reeve Carney as Riff-Raff, and singer Staz Nair will portray Rocky Horror.
Fox’s two-hour Rocky Horror Picture Show event will debut in the fall.
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