The Orange Is the New Black star plays the sweet transvestite from Transexual, Transylvania

By Dave Quinn
Updated May 12, 2016 11:15 AM
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Orange Is the New Black star Laverne Cox is heading from the halls of Litchfield to the labs of Transexual, Transylvania, starring as Dr. Frank-N-Furter in Fox’s upcoming remake of the cult classic The Rocky Horror Picture Show.

Entertainment Weekly revealed the first shot of Cox in the iconic role – originated by Tim Curry in the classic 1975 film. She is pictured alongside Ben Vereen (as Dr. Everett von Scott), wearing a tight black leather corset with belted details and a studded black leather jacket. With whip in hand, Cox’s bright red slicked back hair stands out against her goth look.

“We were on set and a reporter saw me and said I looked like the love child of Grace Jones and David Bowie,” Cox told EW. “I said, ‘That s exactly right.’ ”

Cox, 31, says her look – from Grease Live! costume designer William Ivey Long – is inspired by the original film, but meant to be different.

“I think we mix up the look more than they did in the original,” she explains. “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.”

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Victoria Justice and Ryan McCartan have already been seen on set, McCartain in a gold corset and spiderweb-like fishnet stockings. They’re taking over the roles of Janet and Brad made famous by Susan Sarandon and Barry Bostwick.

Fox’s Rocky Horror Picture Show cast also includes Adam Lambert (Eddie), Christina Milian (Magenta) and Broadway stars Annaleigh Ashford (Columbia) and Reeve Carney (Riff Raff). Curry makes a cameo as film’s the Narrator.

The experience, for Cox, has been “magical.”

“I get tweets from people, ‘Please don t f up Rocky Horror Picture Show!'” Cox said, laughing. “I showed my brother pictures of me in character and he was like, ‘You were preparing your whole life for this.'”

Fox’s Rocky Horror Picture Show airs this fall.