Fox has announced a two-hour spectacular to air this fall. The subject: cult classic The Rocky Horror Picture Show. It’s time for the world to experience the time hop again! Although it would be surprising if the event were as scandalous as the original 1975 film (it has to be safe for family viewing, after all), there is still plenty to be excited about. Slowly but surely, details of the casting are being revealed. The roles of innocent Janet and her sweetheart Brad, as well as the strange Dr. Frank-N-Furter and his creation Rocky have all been cast. As well as a brand new revelation. Read on for more details.
The newest cast member to be welcomed to the fold is multi-platinum singer Adam Lambert, who has been cast as Eddie, the rock and roll ex-delivery boy who crashes Frank-N-Furter’s party on a motorcycle (originally played by Meat Loaf). Lambert seems pleased to take on this role, as he told Fox “I grew up watching Rocky Horror, but could never imagine that I would be part of this new vision. Rocky Horror always made me feel like it was OK to celebrate my weirdness. Hallelujah, bless my soul! I love that old time rock and roll!”
Accompanying Lambert are Orange Is The New Black’s Laverne Cox as Frank-N-Furter, Nickelodeon star Victoria Justice as Janet, Disney star Ryan McCartan as Brad, Penny Dreadful’s Reeve Carney as Riff Raff, and relative newcomer Staz Nair as Rocky. Magenta and Columbia have yet to be revealed. But with Justice playing Janet, hopes are not incredibly high for the female casting.
In better news, Tim Curry will be narrating the two hour event! Curry originated the roll of Dr. Frank-N-Furter, and his delightfully creepy voice is exactly what is needed. Not to mention a little touch of nostalgia. He will always be everyone’s favorite sweet tranvestite, although undoubtably Cox will do the role justice. Curry said in a press release that he is “very happy and excited to be a part of this new event”.
Lou Adler is executive producing the television special. The cult classic is celebrating 40 years, and is still shown in theaters across the country in an audience participation environment. Wouldn’t it be something if this Fox event did something like that, too?