The Rocky Horror Picture Show: Here’s Your First Look At Laverne Cox As Dr. Frank-N-Furter

Image Credit: Steve Wilkie/Fox

Today we got our first look at Laverne Cox as Dr. Frank-N-Furter, the transvestite that Tim Curry made famous in the classic 1975 film and stage show.

Entertainment Weekly released our first look at Cox as Dr. Frank-N-Furter this morning:

THE ROCKY HORROR PICTURE SHOW: L-R: Laverne Cox and Ben Vareen.Image Credit: Steve Wilkie/Fox

The Orange is the New Black star, who is transgender, told Entertainment Weekly: “I get tweets from people, ‘Please don’t f— up Rocky Horror Picture Show!’ I showed my brother pictures of me in character and he was like, ‘You were preparing your whole life for this.’ ”

“We were on set and a reporter saw me and said I looked like the love child of Grace Jones and David Bowie. I said ‘That’s exactly right.’ I think we mix up the look more than they did in the original,” Cox explains. “It’s inspired by the original but it’s really our own take. It’s way more elaborate and couture. [Director] Kenny Ortega had this vision that Frank was at this old theater and found these old burlesque costumes and is, like, using them and wearing them now but has altered them a bit.”

“When I started training again last year, I started working my chest voice,” she says on the Toronto set. “As a trans woman with a low voice, I had been so afraid of those low tones. This is a character where it’s absolutely appropriate that I sing in the base baritone register that I have. What’s also fun is playing with those higher notes in my register too. This is sort of my professional singing debut. But it’s been wonderful claiming my chest voice. It’s been really healing.”

Fox’s Rocky Horror Picture Show airs this fall and will feature Reeve Carney (Riff Raff), Christina Milian (Magenta), Annaleigh Ashford (Columbia), Victoria Justice (Janet), Ryan McCartan (Brad), Adam Lambert (Eddie), and a cameo by Curry himself as the Narrator.

EW also gave us our first look at Mad scientist Frank’s greatest creation: Rocky (Game of Thrones’ Staz Nair).


For this version, Rocky’s “wardrobe” got a bit of an update by six-time Tony-winning costume designer William Ivey Long. “I’m wearing these nice, sexy knee-high platform boots and a gold latex bathing suit,” says Nair. “I felt very sassy and I owned it.”