Ryan Murphy is no stranger when it comes to pushing the boundaries of television. After a six-month nationwide search led by casting director Alexa Fogel, he’s assembled the largest transgender cast of series regulars ever. Hailie Sahar, Dominique Jackson, MJ Rodriguez, Angelica Ross and Indya Moore will all be playing transgender characters in Pose, his upcoming FX series.
“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.”
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. Also cast in the series are Ryan Jamaal Swain, Dyllon Burnside and Kinky Boots star Billy Porter.
Sahar has appeared in Mr. Robot and Transparent. Jackson is a fashion model and fixture in the current New York ball scene, while Rodriguez’s credits include Nurse Jackie, Luke Cage and The Carrie Diaries. Ross’s past work includes appearances in Claws and Transparent. Lastly, Moore’s only credit prior to this is the feature Saturday Church which screened at the Tribeca Film Festival
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.
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