For the first time, Laverne Cox has landed a TV series role that was not written specifically for a transgender woman.
Cox will play the co-lead on ABC’s “The Trustee,” a “female buddy cop pilot.”
Based off the casting description, this marks the first time Cox has been cast in a major project where her own trans identity didn’t factor into the casting (if you don’t count Fox’s “Rocky Horror Picture Show” remake, where she played Dr. Frank-N-Furter, a part traditionally played by a man in drag).
On her Netflix breakthrough, “Orange Is the New Black,” Cox earned the first Emmy nomination for an openly transgender person for her role as trans inmate and beauty expert Sophia Burset. Her twin brother, M. Lamar, played Burset before her character’s transition in the show.
Similarly, Cox’s role on “Doubt” as Cameron Wirth, a competitive attorney and Ivy League graduate, was also written as trans by the show’s creators, married couple Joan Rater and Tony Phelan, who have a trans son.