Actress and recording artist Victoria Justice (Victorious) and Ryan McCarten (Liv & Maddie, Heathers the Musical) have been cast as "Janet Weiss" and "Brad Majors" in The Rocky Horror Picture Show Event, which is set to shoot this winter and air Fall 2016 on Fox. The Rocky Horror Picture Show Event follows sweethearts Janet (Victoria Justice) and Brad (Ryan McCarten), who stumble upon Dr. Frank-N-Furter's (Emmy Award-nominated actress Laverne Cox) 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.
Actor and singer Staz Nair will star in the title role. Reeve Carney (Penny Dreadful, Spider-Man Turn Off the Dark) has been cast as "Riff Raff," one of Dr. Frank-N-Furter's loyal servants. Reeve Carney originated the role of Peter Parker/Spider-Man in the smash Broadway production Spider-Man: Turn Off the Dark, under the direction of Julie Taymor, with music by U2's Bono and The Edge. Additional cast members to be announced.
Executive-produced by Lou Adler (Grammy Award winner and Rock and Roll Hall of Fame inductee), Gail Berman (TV, film and Broadway producer) and Kenny Ortega (High School Musical franchise, This Is It, Descendants, Hocus Pocus, Newsies), the two-hour event is a reimagining of the cult classic, which is celebrating 40 years of theatrical distribution - longer than any other film in history. One of the most popular films of all time, it still plays in movie theaters around the world.
Victoria Justice is a versatile actress and recording artist. The 22-year-old, originally from Hollywood, FL, stars as "Naomi" in the indie romantic comedy Naomi + Ely's No Kiss List, which is available now on iTunes. She next stars as "Jodi" in the upcoming high school comedy The Outskirts, based on a script from last year's Black List of the best unproduced screenplays. She also recently starred as "Lindy" in the cable series Eye Candy, a cyber-thriller based on R.L. Stine's best-seller. Justice starred in her own hit cable series, Victorious, as the musically talented Tori Vega, who unexpectedly finds herself navigating life as a student at an elite performing arts high school.
Victorious won the award for Favorite TV Show at the Kids' Choice Awards in 2012 and 2013. Justice also is a successful recording artist, selling more than three million singles. Her vocal talents are showcased on the Victorious soundtracks, the first of which debuted at No. 5 on the Top 200 charts. Her feature film credits include The First Time and Fun Size. Television credits include iCarly and Zoey 101, as well as guest appearances on Undateable, The Penguins of Madagascar, The Troop, Everwood, Gilmore Girls and the upcoming FOX comedy Cooper barrette's Guide to Surviving Life. Justice has been nominated for multiple TEEN CHOICE and Kids' Choice awards, as well as an NAACP Image Award, an ALMA award and an Imagen Foundation award. She continues to keep up her social media influence with more than 29 million followers.
Ryan McCartan is best known as recurring character Diggie on cable's Liv & Maddie. He also starred in the films Summer Forever and The Cabinet of Souls, and will next be seen in The Stand-Off, playing the lead role opposite Olivia Holt. His television credits include Royal Pains, Monday Mornings, Last Man Standing and The Middle.
In addition, he received rave reviews as "JD" in Heathers The Musical at the New World Stages. McCartan and his Liv & Maddie co-star, Dove Cameron, recently formed the band The Girl And the Dream Catcher, and McCartan's solo music career launched earlier this year with the release of his first single, You Can't Unlove Me, and his first album Heart Attack. As an alumnus of the YoungArts Program, McCartan was invited to guest-appear on both "Masterclass with Bobby McFerrin" and "Masterclass with Patti Lupone." McCartan hails from Excelsior, MN, where he learned the craft of acting, working extensively on several of the leading stages in the country, including The Guthrie Theater, the Children's Theatre Company, the Chanhassen Dinner Theatre, The Old Log Theater and The Great American History Theatre. For more information, visit www.ryanmccartan.com.
Reeve Carney can currently be seen as Dorian Gray in the critically acclaimed cable series Penny Dreadful. He also fronts the rock band Carney, whose debut album "Mr. Green Vol. 1," is out now on DAS Label/Interscope.Actor and singer Staz Nair is a rising star from the United Kingdom, who will next be seen in Game of Thrones, opposite Emilia Clarke.
Lou Adler executive-produced The Rocky Horror Picture Show for Twentieth Century Fox, which premiered on September 26, 1975, and is the longest-running movie in motion picture history. Adler met Gail Berman in 2004. Berman shared his passion and vision for the reimagined version of the 40-year-old cult-classic and, in 2014, they partnered to begin development. The Rocky Horror Picture Show Event is from Fox 21 Television Studios and The Jackal Group. Adler and Berman, along with Kenny Ortega, will serve as executive producers. Emmy Award winner Kenny Ortega will also direct and choreograph.