Fox’s remake of the 1975 cult classic Rocky Horror Picture Show will have an all-star cast. Not only has Tim Curry, the original Frank-N-Furter, signed on for a role, American Idol alum Adam Lambert has also landed a role.
The network announced on Thursday, January 14, that Lambert had signed on for the television remake, and will play the part of Eddie, the ex-delivery boy who loves rock and roll and sings the song “Hot Patootie — Bless My Soul.” The character was originally played and made famous by Meatloaf.
“I grew up watching Rocky Horror, but could never imagine that I would be part of this new vision,” Lambert said in a statement to Fox. “Rocky Horror always made me feel like it was OK to celebrate my weirdness. Hallelujah, bless my soul! I love that old-time rock-n-roll!”
Adam Lambert appeared on the eighth season of American Idol. Although he gave it his all, he ultimately lost the singing competition to Kris Allen in 2009. Since his run on American Idol, Lambert has had a very successful career in the entertainment industry. According to Fox’s release, Lambert’s work has earned him a Grammy Award nomination for Best Male Pop Vocal Performance, a BMI Award for Award-Winning Song, two GLAAD Awards, a Young Hollywood Award for Artist of the Year, a TEEN CHOICE Award for Choice Male Reality/Variety Star, and a People’s Choice Award nomination for Breakout Musical Artist.
Lambert also had a recurring role on Fox’s television show Glee, and served as Queen’s frontman for the band’s recent world tour, according to Us Weekly. He has released three studio albums, including his recent single “Ghost Town.”
If you will recall, the original Rocky Horror film followed a newly engaged couple, Janet and Brad, who break down in a remote area and find themselves stumbling upon Frank-N-Furter’s bizarre mansion. With the help of his servants Riff Raff and Magenta, Frank-N-Furter, a transvestite, is hosting a Transylvanian science convention to showcase the birth of “Rocky Horror,” a man he created to fulfill his every desire. While Tim Curry won’t be reprising his original role as Frank, he will appear in the special as the Criminologist Narrator (originally played by Charles Gray). When asked about the remake, Curry said, “I am very happy and excited to be a part of this new event.”
Other previously announced cast members include Laverne Cox as Dr. Frank-N-Furter, Victoria Justice as Janet, Ryan McCartan as Brad, Reeve Carney as Riff Raff, and Staz Nair as Rocky. Cox, who stars on the Netflix original series Orange is the New Black, recently spoke about the Rocky Horror remake at the Golden Globes, specifically the costumes.
“The wardrobe is not like the original,” Cox said. “[Director] Kenny Ortega has some ideas that I can’t talk to you about, but his vision is very fashion forward. Very ’70s. I can say that.”
Cox also talked about how she has been preparing herself for the iconic role. Cox told E! News, “I’ve been in voice lessons three or four times a week. I’m doing lots of dance classes—Oh, my god, the pain! I’ve been working really hard…I’ve been prepping on my own non-stop.”
Rocky Horror, a two-hour special production, is scheduled to air in Fall 2016.
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