“It’s not easy having a good time.” Really? Fox has dropped a teaser trailer, giving us a first look at its TV remake of The Rocky Horror Picture Show.
A re-imagining of the original movie, the two-hour event follows sweethearts Janet Weiss (Victoria Justice) and Brad Majors (Ryan McCartan), who stumble upon the bizarre abode of Dr. Frank-N-Furter (Laverne Cox), a sexually ambiguous, flirtatious alien mad scientist. She is holding an annual Transylvanian science convention to showcase the birth of Rocky Horror – a fit, attractive man (Staz Nair) created solely to fulfill Frank’s desires.
The cast also includes Adam Lambert (Eddie), Reeve Carney (Riff Raff), Annaleigh Ashford (Columbia), Christina Milian (Magenta), Ivy Levan (Usherette), Ben Vereen (Dr. Everett Scott) and Tim Curry, the original Frank-N-Furter, as the show’s Criminologist Narrator.
“It was easy to feel like you were part of the game and get into it,” Victoria Justice admits about Verizon’s Super Bowl 50 Virtual Reality Experience, which she played this past Thursday in San Francisco. The actress, “was always on the artsy side of things, so I didn’t play organized sports but I love a good game,” she added.
But Victoria was getting help straight from a pro: she teamed up with the NFL’s Defensive Player of the Year J.J. Watt, who showed her the ropes. “I had to just keep in mind to hold on to the football during the game, especially as the defense was trying to sack me,” she told Teen Vogue. The two are teaming up to support Verizon’s #Minute50 campaign, in which fans who have trekked out to San Francisco for the big game can text #SFMinute50 to 502016 for a chance to win prizes.
This may be the first Super Bowl she’s attending, but she’s not going to pick sides between the Panthers and the Broncos. (“My stepdad is a Patriots fan, so I’ve become a Pats fan, too,” she told us.) As for her must-have game-day foods? Victoria keeps it unfussy — after all, that’s the best kind of food to eat while rooting on your team. “Hamburgers and a good dip are probably my favorite – especially mixing sour cream and the signature Lipton packets!” she says.
Off the field, Victoria has been keeping busy: she’s gearing up to bring The Rocky Horror Picture Show to television. “We’ve started gearing up with rehearsals and recording the tracks,” she says, adding that “we’re definitely excited, and the cast and crew just keeps growing with more talent. All the elements are coming together more and more so we’re looking forward to seeing how it all turns out.”
She saw the film for the first time “when I was in the 5th grade,” and fell in love with it at that moment. The original Janet Weiss, Susan Sarandon, has yet to pass on any words of wisdom, Victoria said that “a while ago, I ran into her at an event and we were photographed together. Then a little while later I was at another event and was photographed with Laverne Cox,” who costars in the revival production. “It’s funny how certain people are brought into your life at specific times for a reason,” she added.
But she’s also finding inspiration for the TV musical in other places, like Grease Live! “We actually all got together at Lou Adler’s house. He was the one that brought the Rocky Horror Picture Show to America,” Victoria told us. “I thought they did such a great job in all aspects, from the sequences and songs to the elaborate production design. It’s not easy and they pulled it off really well.”
Of course, Rocky Horror is about as far from Rydell High as you could possibly get, and we’ll have to wait until the fall to see how the cast, which also includes Ryan McCarten and Adam Lambert, interpret the cult classic film. But we also have a feeling that Victoria’s advice for girls who want to play football will also serve her well as she takes on the role: “When you know what you’re passionate about and what you want to do, just go for it and own it.”
Victoria Justice and Ryan McCartan (Heathers The Musical) have been tapped to star as younger leads Janet and Brad opposite Laverne Cox in Fox’s TV remake of The Rocky Horror Picture Show. Reeve Carney (Spider-Man Turn Off the Dark) and Staz Nair also have been cast in the two-hour taped event, described as a reimagining of 20th Century Fox’s 1975 cult classic. It’s scheduled to shoot this winter for premiere in the fall.
The Rocky Horror Picture Show Storm LCM SS16 Party”Spider-Man Turn Off The Dark: Cast Visit The “Spiders Alive!” Exhibitfollows sweethearts Janet Weiss (Justice) and Brad Majors (McCartan), played in the movie by Susan Sarandon and Barry Bostwick, who stumble upon the bizarre abode of Dr. Frank-N-Furter’s (Cox), a sexually ambiguous, flirtatious alien mad scientist. He is holding an annual Transylvanian science convention to showcase the birth of “Rocky Horror” – a fit, attractive man (Nair) created solely to fulfill Frank’s desires. Carney will play Riff Raff, one of Dr. Frank-N-Furter’s loyal servants. Lou Adler, Gail Berman and Kenny Ortega are executive producing.
Victorious and Eye Candy alum Justice, repped by UTA and attorney Marcy Morris, has a starring role in indie romantic comedy Naomi + Ely’s No Kiss List and next will be seen in the upcoming high school comedy The Outskirts, based on a script from last year’s Black List. McCartan, repped by Paradigm and Nancy Kremer Management. is best known for the recurring role of Diggie on Liv & Maddie. He next will be seen in The Stand-Off, opposite Olivia Holt. Paradigm-repped Carney, who fronts the rock band Carney, plays Dorian Gray on Showtime’s Penny Dreadful. Brit Nair next will be seen in Game Of Thrones. He’s repped by Circle of Confusion in the U.S. and Waring and McKenna in the UK.