There is absolutely no question that he can sing – his Grammy nomination, numerous Billboard charting hits, his second placing on American Idol, and the fact that Queen approached him to headline the band is proof of that. His brief time on Glee during its fifth season playing Elliot “Starchild” Gilbert showed us that he could also act, so it comes as no surprise that Adam Lambert has been cast in Fox’s upcoming Rocky Horror Picture Show.
Skipping over the arguments about just why they would want to do a remake of the 1975 cult musical (I think they are pretty clear at this stage), having a Rocky production with Lambert is the perfect combination. It’s like strawberries and cream, wine and cheese, coffee and mornings… you can’t imagine one without the other. However, it’s not in the role that many imagined he would play. No Frank-N-Furter went to Orange Is The New Black’s Laverne Cox. Instead, Lambert will be taking on the role of Eddie, “the rock-n-roll loving, ex-delivery boy, who emerges at Dr. Frank-N-Furter’s on a motorcycle and crashes the party.” As you’ll remember, Eddie was played by rock star Meat Loaf in the film.
On his casting, Lambert said, “I grew up watching Rocky Horror, but could never imagine that I would be part of this new vision. Rocky Horror always made me feel like it was okay to celebrate my weirdness. Hallelujah, bless my soul! I love that old time rock-n-roll!” (referencing Eddie’s song “Hot Patootie” from the show).
While disappointing that we won’t see Lambert’s interpretation of Frank-N-Furter, Eddie is a role that he could have a lot of fun with and I’m eager to see what he does with “Hot Patootie”. It’s sure to be a memorable version. And Adam Lambert on a motorbike… I’ll just leave you this image from Lee Cherry’s 2010 photo shoot for the Glam Nation tour.
Joining Lambert and Cox in the remake are Victoria Justice and Disney star Ryan McCartan as lovebirds Janet and Brad, former Penny Dreadful star Reeve Carney as Riff-Raff, and singer Staz Nair will play Rocky Horror.
The two-hour production will air on Fox this fall.
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