‘Rocky Horror Picture Show’ Casts Annaleigh Ashford as Columbia

Annaleigh Ashford
Annaleigh Ashford joins ‘The Rocky Horror Picture Show’ (Photo by Noam Galai/WireImage)

With production set to begin in March 2016, Fox has just announced Annaleigh Ashford (Masters of Sex) has joined The Rocky Horror Picture Show cast. Ashford has signed on to play Columbia, described as the “castle’s feisty live-in groupie.” Ashford joins a cast that includes Orange is the New Black‘s Laverne Cox as Dr. Frank-N-Furter, Victoria Justice as Janet, and Ryan McCartan (Heathers: The Musical) as Brad.

The Rocky Horror Picture Show will also feature Adam Lambert as Eddie, Reeve Carney (Penny Dreadful) as Riff Raff, Staz Nair as Rocky, and the original Dr. Frank-N-Furter, Tim Curry, as the show’s Criminologist Narrator.

Kenny Ortega (High School Musical, Newsies) is choreographing and directing the musical. He’ll also executive produce along with Lou Adler and Gail Berman. Rocky Horror will premiere later this year and is a reimagining of the cult classic.

The The Rocky Horror Picture Show Plot:

The Rocky Horror Picture Show follows sweethearts Janet (Justice) and Brad (McCartan), who stumble upon Dr. Frank-N-Furter’s (Cox) bizarre abode. Frank-N-Furter, a sexually ambiguous, flirtatious alien mad-scientist – with the help of his faithful servants, Riff Raff (Carney) and Magenta – is holding an annual, Transylvanian science convention to showcase the birth of “Rocky Horror” (Nair) – a fit, attractive man created solely to fulfill Frank’s desires.