ORANGE Is The New Black star Laverne Cox is set to play Dr. Frank-N-Furter in a television reimagining of The Rocky Horror Picture Show.
A new 30-second trailer has revealed what we can expect from Cox when she takes on the role of the “sweet transvestite from Transsexual, Transylvania”, who was originally made famous by Tim Curry in the 1975 cult classic. Curry will appear in the remake as the show’s criminologist narrator.
The reaction on social media has been mixed, with many praising Cox’s performance and others criticising the decision to have a trans woman in the role.
Why is Laverne Cox, a (trans)woman, playing Frank N Furter in Fox’s Rocky Horror? That’s not edgy or hip. She should be playing Janet.
— Lee Weston Sabo (@LeeWSabo) May 17, 2016
But girl (finger snap) Laverne Cox shut me up.. Her Frank N. Furter looks amazing.. I’m actually a little excited..
— .. (@KDedeaux) May 17, 2016
the new rocky horror looks kinda bad tbf, the only good thing about it from the trailer is that laverne cox looks rly hot as frank’n’furt
— chloe (@runitsclo) May 17, 2016
Laverne Cox looks amazing as Dr Frank-N-Furter in the new Rocky Horror omg
— Willow (@Nxghtair) May 17, 2016
Srsly why are people upset about laverne cox playing Frank n furter? Yet loved eddy redmayne playing a trans character 🙄
— shell☠✨ (@Hellapeng) May 17, 2016
Watch the trailer here: