Let’s do the Time Warp again! The first trailer for the new Rocky Horror Picture Show remake has been released.
As you may recall, it was announced last year that the 1970’s cult classic film would be remade for television on the Fox network. Kenny Ortega signed on to be the director and Laverne Cox was cast as Dr. Frank-N-Furter. This “reimagined” film is scheduled to be released around Halloween, and it is expected to remain faithful to the original story with regards to dialogue, script, and score; however, it sounds like there may be some visual updates for 2016.
Laverne Cox told Entertainment Weekly: “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…. 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.”
Interestingly enough, Laverne Cox was not the original selection for Dr. Frank-N-Furter, the character made famous by Tim Curry in the original musical and 1975 film adaptation; instead, the 2016 remake looked to Adam Lambert for the part, which he turned down.
Lambert previously commented on the casting: “I kind of felt like in 2016, to be cis and playing the role of a trans character, it felt inappropriate to me. In the ’70s, it was different…But nowadays we have such an amazing conversation that’s started about trans and gender in this world. I think casting Laverne [Cox] was so brilliant. It’s so appropriate, you know what I mean? And to re-imagine [the character], as well, because she’s entirely different…. You know, I thought to myself, my friends that are trans — how are they going to feel about casting a non-trans person saying, ‘I’m a sweet transvestite from transexual Transylvania?’ It’s dicey.
Fortunately for the audience, the forthcoming remake will still include Lambert, just in a different role. He explained: “So I said no (to the role of Dr. Frank-N-Furter), but when they started announcing the cast, I said, ’Wait a minute — what about Eddie? I wanna play Eddie! I could do that — that’s like one song. Let me just come in and do a bit part!’ – because I really, really wanted to be a part of it. I’m a big fan of the original movie, and [director] Kenny Ortega’s a lovely guy. And then I heard that Cisco Adler was producing the music and thought, oh, this is gonna be good. So, I went in and I recorded my songs already. I did my vocals, and they turned out really cool. Now I’m going in for a week in April, in Toronto, to film.”
So if you haven’t seen it yet, here is the recently released trailer for the 2016 remake. What do you think – does it inspire you to jump to the left and take a step to the right?