Rocky Horror Picture Show fans, rejoice! Tim Curry will join the upcoming Fox production of the 1975 musical horror comedy film, according to Zap2It. The 70-year-old British actor will appear as the criminologist narrator in Fox’s two-hour television event.
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Curry originally played Dr. Frank-N-Furter in the 1973 London stage production but was then asked to reprise his role in the musical horror comedy film in 1975. And now, 41 years later, the actor has been invited to once again join the production of The Rocky Horror Picture Show.
The Rocky Horror Picture Show is set to air later this year on Fox. Shortly after the announcement, Curry released a statement in which he said he was very happy and excited to join the two-hour event scheduled to air this fall.
Curry had always been the one playing the role of Frank-N-Furter, but for the two-hour event, Fox invited Laverne Cox to play the Rocky Horror Picture Show character.
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Fox previously announced Adam Lambert is set to play Eddie, Victoria Justice will play Janet, Ryan McCartan will play the role of Brad, Reeve Carney will appear as Riff Raff, and Staz Nair as Rocky.
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The Rocky Horror Picture Show is executive-produced by Lou Adler, Kenny Ortega, and Gail Berman.
Shortly after the announcement that Curry was joining Fox’s production of The Rocky Horror Picture Show appeared in the media, Laverne Cox, who is set to reprise Curry’s signature role of Dr. Frank-N-Furter, cried, according to Zap2It. Cox is a longtime fan of the musical horror comedy, which was originally made as a stage production in London in 1973.
In her interview with Zap2It, Cox, who takes over Curry’s role in Fox’s upcoming televised remake of The Rocky Horror Picture Show, revealed it was a tearful moment for her to find out Curry had joined the show.
“I knew they were interested in bringing him on, potentially as narrator, but I didn’t know if it would happen or not. I just cried when I found out.”
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In fact, Cox revealed that it was Curry’s portrayal of Dr. Frank-N-Furter that made her fall in love with The Rocky Horror Picture Show.
And although Cox hasn’t discussed any details about Fox’s Rocky Horror Picture Show, it will eventually happen and she’s excited about it. In fact, all the actress wants is to just sit with him in the same room and just talk with the legend.
“His career has evolved and he’s evolved as an artist. It’s just so weird when you’re obsessed with something and then the person is in front of you, so I think that will be really bizarre.”
Cox also admitted that she has never seen the original 1975 Rocky Horror Picture Show movie on the big screen even though many of her friends recommended that she see the show.
“I started learning audience participation through my friends and got the soundtrack and learned all of the songs and was just obsessed with it.”
Adam Lambert, who is set to play the role of Eddie in the upcoming remake of The Rocky Horror Picture Show, didn’t make it to the live show of American Idol’s finale in April due to a scheduling conflict, according to People Magazine.
The show’s finale included such stars as Kelly Clarkson, Carrie Underwood, Jennifer Hudson, and Phillip Phillips, but fans were eagerly expecting Lambert. And it was shooting for The Rocky Horror Picture Show that made Lambert unable to be in Los Angeles for the live show.
But the American Idol alumni gave the series’ fans a dose of his voice and music when he returned to the reality show in March to perform his new song “Welcome to the Show.”
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