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Fox has announced a T.V. revival of the cult classic musical, The Rocky Horror Picture Show, which is set to air this fall.The Rocky Horror Picture Show started off as a live show in 1973, and in 1975 it became a famous film starring Susan Sarandon and Tim Curry. But now that there’s a new generation of the show coming up, there’s a new crop of actors too.
Starring as the kooky Dr. Frank-N-Furter, Laverne Cox was the first cast member announced for this project. The actress is known for her transgender activism and her breakthrough role as Sophia on Orange Is the New Black. Although this mad scientist is traditionally played by a man, (Tim Curry playing the role in 1975) the doctor is revealed to be gender fluid, so the casting works of an individual who smashes gender binaries works!
The role of sweet (and initially) innocent Janet Weiss belongs to singer/actor Victoria Justice. She’s known for her roles on Nickelodeon television shows Zoey 101 and Victorious, and for starring in MTV’s Eye Candy last year. Move over Susan Sarandon because there’s a new Janet Weiss in this town!
Of course, we can’t forget about Janet Weiss’s fiancé. Ryan McCartan is taking over the role of Brad Majors. He’s played on Disney show Liv and Maddie and played J.D. in theatre show Heathers: The Musical. It seems like he’s already got the vocal chops for this since he’s no stranger to musicals.
Then there’s Reeve Carney, who’s also no stranger to musicals, as the creepy housekeeper Riff Raff. He played Spider-Man in the musical Spider-Man: Turn Off the Dark, then moving on to star as Dorian Gray on Penny Dreadful. Now it’s his turn to be playing Dr. Frank-N-Furter’s faithful handyman.
The last cast member to be announced is heartthrob Staz Nair. He’ll be playing the golden underwear-wearing-perfect-creation-of-a-man, Rocky. Nair is a model and a singer, so playing the role of handsome Rocky is quite appropriate. Aside from this project, he’ll be on Game of Thrones soon too.
So far, these five actors are the only ones confirmed; there’ll be more to come.
It looks like pretty soon we’ll all be doing the good ol’ time warp again!