Fx's American anthology drama television series, Pose, will feature more transgender actors than any other scripted TV series produced to date. The Ryan Murphy-backed project will feature five transgender actors in recurring roles over the course of the show's first season.
A period piece set in the 1980s, Pose tackles several societal segments in New York during the era - including, the rise of the luxury style living, as well as, the downtown, more hipster vibe of the city where social, literary, and ball cultures are striving. Murphy co-created the series with his frequent collaborator Brad Falchuk, as well as Steven Canals. Meanwhile, Nina Jacobson and Brad Simpson, along with Alexis Martin Woodall and Sherry Marsh for Fox 21 Television Studios and FX Productions, will serve as executive producers. Transgender activist director Silas Howard is also co-executive producing.
In a press release sent out by FX, Canals says that he and cohorts on the project are very excited to deliver a unique narrative that will further open people's eyes, regarding the lifestyle lived by transgender individuals of varying societal and economic status. The writer has been hard at work on the show for quite some time, in collaboration with Our Lady J and transgender rights activist (as well as New York Times best-selling author) Janet Mock:
"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. 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."
This casting announcement marks the end of a rigorous six-month nationwide search for actors to star in Pose. The show's cast includes MJ Rodriguez as theater and film star Bianca; Indya Moore as Angel; Dominique Jackson as fashion model Elektra; Hailie Sahar as Luhu; and Angelica Ross as Candy. All of these performers will be playing transgender characters on the series, with Ryan Jamaal Swain, Billy Porter, and Dyllon Burnside serving as members of the supporting cast. FX has confirmed that additional casting announcements will be made shortly, ahead of the start of filming on the Pose pilot next month in New York.
From the look of it, Murphy is once again breaking down barriers on TV with Pose. Given Murphy and his collaborators' track record (which includes fellow FX anthology series American Horror Story and American Crime Story), it's not difficult to imagine that Pose will become another hit for him to add to his belt. If anything, the producer extraordinaire has a knack for tackling sensitive issues and opening them up to a larger audience, while pushing the boundaries of storytelling at the same time Is it too early to predict that Sarah Paulson will at least have a cameo on Pose at some point?
Pose is expected to premiere on FX sometime in 2018.