Laverne Cox as Dr. Frank-N-Furter
Tim Curry became an icon in his role as Dr. Frank-N-Furter from The Rocky Horror Picture Show
. Now FOX has remade the film and has cast Laverne Cox in the legendary part. With Curry's blessing, Cox, who was hesitant about the role at first, has taken on the lead to pay tribute to the cult classic. With Dr. Frank-N-Furter referred to as a "Sweet Transvestite", Cox was fearful because the term "transvestite" can be very offensive to members of the transgender community. Cox explained to Vulture
: That was the only apprehension I really had about doing the film was the term transvestite. I’ve been telling people, ‘Please do not go up to a transgender person in 2016 and call them a transvestite, that is an antiquated term.’ But in 1975 when "Rocky Horror Picture Show" came out transvestite meant a very different thing. We don’t use that term anymore, but in the historical context of "Rocky Horror" it’s appropriate you don’t change the words to an iconic song.
And so, the award-winning actress decided to join the cast. For more information on Cox and the film, click through our gallery of her best photos from the remake. (©2016 Fox Broadcasting Co. Cr: Steve Wilkie/FOX)