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First look at Laverne Cox in Rocky Horror Picture show

First look at Laverne Cox in Rocky Horror Picture show

Tim Curry famously played Frank-N-Furter in the original stage and screen productions

Eager fans can get their first glimpse of Laverne Cox in the role of Frank-N-Furter in the upcoming Rocky Horror Picture Show TV adaptation.

The photos, released on Entertainment Weekly, show Cox with Ben Vereen as Dr. Scott, in a novel take on the original well-known character, played by Tim Curry in 1975. Cox says this was intentional.

THE ROCKY HORROR PICTURE SHOW:   L-R:  Laverne Cox and Ben Vareen.

‘We were on set and a reporter saw me and said I looked like the love child of Grace Jones and David Bowie. I said, “That’s exactly right,”‘ Cox told EW.

‘It’s inspired by the original but it’s really our own take. It’s way more elaborate and couture. [Director] Kenny Ortega had this vision that Frank was at this old theater and found these old burlesque costumes and is, like, using them and wearing them now but has altered them a bit,’ she said.

‘I get tweets from people, “Please don’t f— up Rocky Horror Picture Show!”‘

Curry will cameo in the TV adaptation as the narrator.

Speaking about the rehearsal process, Cox said the role has been personally and professionally demanding. ‘When I started training again last year, I started working my chest voice.

‘As a trans woman with a low voice, I had been so afraid of those low tones. This is a character where it’s absolutely appropriate that I sing in the base baritone register that I have. What’s also fun is playing with those higher notes in my register too. This is sort of my professional singing debut.

‘It’s been wonderful claiming my chest voice. It’s been really healing.’