Dr. Frank-N-Furter has a brand new look.
Entertainment Weekly has revealed the first look at Laverne Cox as Dr. Frank-N-Furter in The Rocky Horror Picture Show and this doctor is bringing a bit more edge. William Ivey Long, the Tony-winning costume designer behind the Rocky Horror reboot, has put together a look that a fan described as “the love child of Grace Jones and David Bowie.”
Cox says that the aim was to mix up the look a little, “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.”
Hopefully, this glimpse of Cox as Frank-N-Furter will quell some of the worries fans have had about the show. Cox has been bombarded on Twitter with Rocky Horror devotees praying she doesn’t ruin the show, but the “Orange Is The New Black” actress just laughs it off, “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.’ ”
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