Tim Curry, the Emmy Award-winning actor, Tony Award nominee and creator of the original "Dr. Frank-N-Furter," will return to the iconic, pop culture phenomenon as the Criminologist Narrator of The Rocky Horror Picture Show, the two-hour television event airing this fall on Fox. Curry, an accomplished stage, television and film actor, 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 Lou Adler-executive-produced film The Rocky Horror Picture Show, which premiered September 26, 1975, and has been in theatrical distribution longer than any other film in history. Here's what the actor had to say in a brief statement about his casting.
"I am very happy and excited to be a part of this new event."
Curry joins previously announced cast members include Laverne Cox (Dr. Frank-N-Furter, Orange Is the New Black), Victoria Justice (Janet, Victorious), Ryan McCartan (Brad, Liv and Maddie), Reeve Carney (Riff Raff, Penny Dreadful) and Staz Nair (Rocky, Game of Thrones). Yesterday, Adam Lambert joined the cast as Eddie. It isn't known how many other major characters are left to be cast.
The Rocky Horror Picture Show follows sweethearts Janet (Justice) and Brad (McCartan), who stumble upon Dr. Frank-N-Furter's (Cox) bizarre abode. Frank-N-Furter, a sexually ambiguous, flirtatious alien mad-scientist - with the help of his faithful servants, Riff Raff (Carney) and Magenta - is holding an annual, Transylvanian science convention to showcase the birth of "Rocky Horror" (Nair) - a fit, attractive man created solely to fulfill Frank's desires. The network hasn't announced when the show may premiere, or when production will begin quite yet. We'll be sure to keep you posted as more cast members are announced.
The Rocky Horror Picture Show is from Fox 21 Television Studios and The Jackal Group. Lou Adler (Grammy Award winner and Rock and Roll Hall of Fame inductee) and Gail Berman (TV, film and Broadway producer), along with Emmy Award winner Kenny Ortega (High School Musical franchise, Michael Jackson's This Is It, Descendants, Hocus Pocus, Newsies), will serve as executive producers. Ortega will also direct and choreograph. The Rocky Horror Picture Show 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.
Tim Curry is an English actor and singer known for his diverse work in Hollywood. In addition to his role on The Rocky Horror Picture Show, Tim Curry acted in a handful of English productions, such as "Threepenny Opera," "Love For Love" and "Rivals." Curry later starred in "Pirates of Penzance," earning him enthusiastic reviews and paving his way to Broadway. There, he starred in "Travesties," gaining huge popularity with the American audience. Curry was then nominated for his first Tony Award for his role as Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart in "Amadeus." In the Broadway production of "My Favorite Year," he earned his second Tony Award nomination for playing "Alan Swann." Following that, Curry acted in both "Me and My Girl" and "The Wall: Live in Berlin."