TCA 2016: Actor famously played Dr. Frank-N-Furter in original version of cult musical
Tim Curry will jump to the left one more time in the Fox revival of “Rocky Horror Picture Show,” Fox Television Group chairmen and CEOs Gary Newman and Dana Walden announced Friday at a TCA panel.
Curry, the original Dr. Frank-N-Furter, will return to the campy horror musical as the Criminologist Narrator. Curry originated the breakout Dr. Frank-N-Furter role in the 1973 London stage production of “The Rocky Horror Show,” returning to play the character in the 1975 Lou Adler-executive-produced film.
“I am very happy and excited to be a part of this new event,” Curry said in a statement.
He joins joins previously announced cast members Laverne Cox (Dr. Frank-N-Furter), Victoria Justice (Janet), Ryan McCartan (Brad), Adam Lambert (Eddie), Reeve Carney (Riff Raff) and Staz Nair (Rocky).
“The Rocky Horror Picture Show” follows sweethearts Janet and Brad, who stumble upon Dr. Frank-N-Furter’s bizarre abode. Frank-N-Furter, a sexually ambiguous, flirtatious alien mad-scientist, is holding an annual, Transylvanian science convention to showcase the birth of Rocky Horror, a fit, attractive man created solely to fulfill Frank’s desires.
“The Rocky Horror Picture Show” has been in theatrical distribution since it was released in 1975, longer than any other film in history.
The TV version is produced by Fox 21 Television Studios and The Jackal Group. Adler and Gail Berman, along with Kenny Ortega, will serve as executive producers. Ortega will also direct and choreograph. It will air on Fox this fall.