Live Performance, Movies, TV

Fox’s Rocky Horror Remake (Boo!) Gets a ‘Sweet Transgendered’ Star (Yay!)



Damn, she’s already got the facial expression pretty close. I’m on record not being a fan of the idea to reimagine the movie, which Fox says they’re doing, as opposed to simply filming the stage play, which the BBC recently did. That said, Orange Is the New Black‘s Laverne Cox is probably the most interesting choice they could have gone with – Dr. Frank N’ Furter doesn’t exactly conform to binary gender standards, but the actor and the character usually lean male and self-describe as “transvestite,” while¬†Cox identifies female.

The Rocky Horror Picture Show, while groundbreaking¬†in the ways it casually portrayed sexual orientation as fluid, is admittedly pretty white, so culturally retooling it a la The Wiz could be fascinating…or a flat-footed trainwreck. But kudos so far – by casting Cox, they’ve made me at least the tiniest bit interested in a way I never thought I’d be.

About Author

Luke Y. Thompson has been writing professionally about movies and pop-culture since 1999, and has also been an actor in some extremely cheap culty and horror movies you will probably never hear much about (he is nonetheless mostly proud of them, as he met his wife on one). As editor of The Robot's Voice since 2012, he can take the blame for the majority of the site's content, all of which he creates because he loves you very, very much. (Although he loves nachos more. Sorry.) Prior to TRV, Luke wrote for publications that include the New Times LA, Los Angeles CityBeat, E! Online, OC Weekly, Geekweek, GeekChicDaily, The L.A. Times, The Village Voice, LA Weekly, and Nerdist