Get ready to do the “Time Warp” again! Fox has just released the first official trailer for its upcoming remake of the film “The Rocky Horror Picture Show.”
Yes, following in the footsteps of the network’s successful January premiere of “Grease: Live,” the 1975 cult classic is getting a televised makeover.
“A reimagining of the original movie, the two-hour event follows sweethearts Janet (Victoria Justice, “Victorious”) and Brad (Ryan McCartan, “Liv & Maddie,” “Heathers the Musical”), who stumble upon Dr. Frank-N-Furter’s (Emmy Award-nominated actress Laverne Cox, “Orange is the New Black”) bizarre abode,” Fox said in its description of the flick. “Frank-N-Furter - a sexually ambiguous, flirtatious mad-scientist - is holding an annual Transylvanian science convention to showcase the birth of Rocky Horror [Staz Nair, “Game of Thrones”]: a muscle-bound specimen created solely to fulfill Frank’s desires.”
Tim Curry, who played Frank-N-Furter in the original movie, returns to the “Rocky Horror” franchise as the Criminologist Narrator. It also stars “American Idol” alum Adam Lambert as Eddie, “Grandfathered” star Christina Milian as Magenta, Reeve Carney of “Penny Dreadful” as Riff Raff, “Masters of Sex” actress Annaleigh Ashford as Columbia, singer/model Ivy Levan as Usherette and esteemed actor and Tony winner Ben Vereen as Dr. Everett Scott.
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“Pinching myself,” Cox tweeted in March while shooting scenes for the movie. “Can’t believe this is my job today, playing Dr. Frank-N-Furter… #DreamRealized.”
About her character Janet, Justice - who has been acting since she was only 10 years old - said: “There’s definitely a major sexual awakening and one that I haven’t explored on screen yet. I’m excited about it!”
“The Rocky Horror Picture Show” will air sometime in October. Watch the trailer below.
“The Rocky Horror Show,” written by Richard O’Brien, started out as a stage musical that debuted in London in 1973 and has since been revived multiple times on Broadway and all around the world. Two years later, in 1975, the original film based on the show - starring Curry, Susan Sarandon, Barry Bostwick and Meat Loaf - was first released. Many movie theaters still show special midnight screenings of “The Rocky Horror Picture Show” in which audience participation is a must. Fans dress up like their favorite characters, bring props and shout out certain phrases at key moments.