James Van Der Beek & More Join Ryan Murphy’s 80s Drama ‘Pose’

Ryan Murphy’s new series hasn’t even shot the pilot yet but it’s already generating plenty of buzz. A day after making history for assembling the largest cast of transgender series regulars, the 51-year-old prolific producer has added a few marquee names to his upcoming FX series set in the 80s.

Dawson’s Creek alum James Van Der Beek, Orphan Black’s Tatiana Maslany, House of Card’s Kate Mara and Evan Peters all join the Pose cast. The series marks a homecoming of sorts for Mara. She last worked with Murphy on the first season of American Horror Story. For Peters, this marks his first non-AHS Ryan Murphy project.


“Peters and Mara play New Jersey couple Stan and Patty, who get sucked into the glamour and intrigue of New York City in the 1980s. Van Der Beek plays Peters’s financial kingpin boss Matt. Maslany plays a modern dance teacher who takes a special interest in the talent of Damon (Ryan Jamaal Swain),” according to Deadline.

Set in 1986, Pose examines the juxtaposition of several segments of life and society in New York City: the emergence of the luxury Trump-era universe, the downtown social and literary scene and the ball culture world. The foursome join previously announced cast members, Hailie Sahar, Dominique Jackson, MJ Rodriguez, Angelica Ross, Indya Moore, Ryan Jamaal Swain, Dyllon Burnside and Kinky Boots star Billy Porter.

Murphy co-created the show with frequent collaborator Brad Falchuk and up-and-coming writer Steven Canals who Murphy discovered. The pilot of Pose goes into production in November in New York City, with a 2018 premiere date in sight.

“We are thrilled that Pose pushes the narrative forward by centering on the unique and under-told experiences of trans women and gay people of color,” says Steven Canals. “Ryan has assembled a strong team of storytellers and innovators to collaborate on telling this important narrative. As a Bronx-bred queer writer of color, I’m honored to aid in ushering this groundbreaking show into homes.”

Pose is shaping up to be must-see television. I can’t wait to check out the pilot.