Tim Curry is ready to do the time warp with Fox’s The Rocky Horror Picture Show.
The actor who originated Frank-N-Furter in the cult classic movie will instead take on the role of the criminologist narrator in Fox’s two-hour musical, the network announced Friday at the Television Critics Association’s winter press tour.
Curry takes over the same role portrayed by Charles Gray in the 1973 musical and subsequent 1975 film, which is still playing across the country in midnight shows filled with audience participation.
“I am very happy and excited to be a part of this new event,” Curry said.
Curry joins a cast that includes Adam Lambert as Eddie and Victoria Justice and Disney star Ryan McCartan as Janet and Brad, who stumble upon Dr. Frank-N-Furter (Orange Is the New Black’s Laverne Cox), the self-described “sweet transvestite,” and his bizarre castle. Justice and McCartan take on roles originated by Susan Sarandon and Barry Bostwick, respectively. Penny Dreadful alum Reeve Carney will play Riff-Raff, and singer Staz Nair will portray Rocky Horror.
The two-hour Fox special, due in fall, will be directed, executive produced and choreographed by Kenny Ortega (High School Musical) and filmed in advance. Ortega, Gail Berman and Lou Adler, who produced the original film, are attached as exec producers. The new Rocky will be produced by Fox 21 Television Studios and Berman’s The Jackal Group.
Curry, who is still recovering from a stroke suffered in 2013, recently reunited with Sarandon and the rest of the cast for the film’s 40th anniversary.