Laverne Cox to star in “The Rocky Horror Picture Show” reboot.

After a lengthy process, “Orange is the New Black” star Laverne Cox has been cast to star as Frank-N-Furter in the forthcoming FOX remake of “The Rocky Horror Picture Show.”

Via The Hollywood Reporter:

The character was made famous by Tim Curry in the 1975 cult classic, which celebrated its 40th anniversary this year and continues to be screened at midnight in theaters across the country. The two-hour Fox special, due in fall 2016, will be directed, exec produced and choreographed by Kenny Ortega (High School Musical) and filmed in advance. Ortega, Gail Berman and Lou Adler, who produced the original film, are attached as exec producers. The new Rocky will be produced by Fox 21 Television studios and Berman’s The Jackal Group. Adam Lambert and Lady Gaga previously were offered the part.

For the uninitiated, Frank-N-Furter is the self-described “sweet transvestite from Transsexual, Transylvania” and a scientist. The movie is a satire of sci-fi movies and horror B-movies and originally starred Susan Sarandon and Barry Bostwick as a couple who stumble upon Frank-N-Furter’s odd castle in which he is creating a living man in his lab.

Laverne has also landed a co-starring role in CBS’ retooled Doubt pilot, where she will play a transgender attorney.

Congrats! I’m sure she will slay both roles.

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