Beginning as a musical in 1973, "The Rocky Horror Picture Show" was adapted into the now cult-classic film in 1975 that continues to air across the country in a series of live shows. Filled with sing-a-longs, shout-outs and lots and lots of fishnets, it's a show that's endured for decades! Now being adapted for a TV movie by FOX which will air this fall, the network has officially announced the major players who will be donning bustiers, red lipstick and high heels for this fun comedy/musical.
Best known for her role on the Netflix hit "Orange is the New Black," Cox was the first cast member to be announced in the starring role previously held by Tim Curry. While there has been some controversy surrounding the news, largely since Dr. Frank-N-Furter has typically always been played by a man, we think she'll be perfect to play the sweet transvestite from Transexual, Transylvania.
Playing the good girl who just wants someone to touch-a touch-a touch her (and originally played by Susan Sarandon), the former Nickelodeon cutie from "Zoey 101" and "Victorious" is a great pick. With both the vocals and acting chops for the role, her transition from kid shows to more adult fare (such as MTV's "Eye Candy") seems more than suiting.
Running on the train of excellent casting, Ryan McCartan has both TV and stage experience. Besides playing Diggy on Disney's "Liv and Maddie," he also played crazy bad boy J.D. in movie turned play "Heather: The Musical." As the straight-laced lover to Janet, Brad (originally a role played by Barry Bostwick) will soon be seduced along with his beau and become a master of rhymes, such as this gem: "You're a dead-end, dead-beat, nowhere mister with a kisser like a Mississippi alligator's sister."
Besides the obvious visual similarities, Reeve Carney also has TV and theater experience like another one of his co-stars. Playing the lead in the musical "Spider-Man: Turn Off the Dark" as well as Dorian Gray on Showtime's "Penny Dreadful," we think he will be perfect as Riff Raff, who was played by the film's creator Richard O’Brien. Let's do the timewarp again!
Probably being cast for those amazing abs alone, model and singer Staz Nair will be taking on the title role of Rocky, the hunky creation of Dr. Frank-N-Furter who loves wearing shiny gold underwear. We will also luckily be seeing more of Nair this year on "Game of Thrones."
While not a major role, "The Rocky Horror Picture Show" wouldn't be complete without the rock-n-roll lovin' Eddie. Originally played by the talented Meat Loaf, we're confident Adam Lambert can fill those big shows. Having risen to fame on "American Idol," Lambert definitely has the look and voice down, while his recent stint with Queen proving that he has the flamboyant stage presence required for this film.
Riff-Raff's sis and maid of the mansion Magenta has a larger-than-life personality, as well as hair! Originally played by Patricia Quinn, who also provided those iconic lips, the part will be taken on by the Grammy-nominated Christian Milian. With acting, singing and dancing expertise under her belt, we're sure we'll be joining right in when she leads us through a rendition of the timewrap.
You may have just recently been introduced to Annaleigh Ashford for her role on Showtime's "Master of Sex," but this talented actress and singer has been killing it on Broadway for years, during which time she earned a Tony. With so much talent, she looks like a safe bet for taking on the role of lab assistant and groupie to Frank-N-Furter Columbia, a part originally held by the adorable Nell Campbell.
Uncle to Eddie and rival scientist to Frank-N-Furter, Dr. Everett von Scott was a role originally held by Jonathan Adams and will now be played by Ben Vereen. Vereen, like many other members of the new cast, is mainly a Broadway star but has experience in both film and television. Some of of his more recent credits include "Top Five" and "Hot in Cleveland."
And making a comeback to one of his most iconic movies (but not in the same role) is the one and only Tim Curry. This time around he will have a little less makeup on as the criminologist and narrator, a part that was originally held by Charles Gray. We're more than thrilled to see him involved in the project and are confident he will once again provide a performance that is out of this world.
With the main cast now fully announced, we are beyond pumped to see Fox's remake of the cult-classic "Rocky Horror Picture Show." We think they made some stellar casting choices, but what are your thoughts on the matter? Be sure to let make your opinion known in the comments!