Laverne Cox IS Frank-N-Furter in Rocky Horror TV Remake

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Laverne Cox is continuing her national takeover with a role in the upcoming television "reimagining" of The Rocky Horror Picture Show, premiering next fall on Fox.

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The Emmy-nominated actress will step into Tim Curry's stilettos as the sexually ambiguous, pansexually flirtatious, alien mad scientist holding an annual Transylvania convention, which hapless couple Brad and Janet stumble upon.  

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The original 1975 film also starred Barry Bostwick, Meat Loaf, a pre-Oscar Susan Sarandon and this eternal hot piece (Peter Hinwood) as the titular Rocky Horror, Frank-N-Furter's monster.

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Thanks to a cult following, last month was the film's record-breaking 40th anniversary of theatrical distribution.

Not much else is known about the two-hour Fox remake, though High School Musical's Kenny Ortega will direct, choreograph and executive produce. Well, let's just hope it's better than that trainwreck Glee attempted a while back.

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Meanwhile, reactions to Cox's casting have ranged from "perfect to horrible" concerning the actress, who is transgender, playing a "sweet transvestite."

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Now, we could get into how transgressive—even revolutionary—it is for a black trans woman to play a role originated by a white cisgender man, but perhaps Cox's agent said it best. 

“It’s a role, and she, like every other actor, plays a role,” Paul Hilepo told The Advocate. "There’s nothing more to it."

You gotta admit, though—it's still pretty cool. As for Cox, she's living her life:

 

Les Fabian Brathwaite—time warped now. 

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