Ryan Murphy Gathers The Largest Transgender Cast Ever For Scripted Series, Pose

Ryan Murphy Gathers The Largest Transgender Cast Ever For Scripted Series, Pose

Pose is an upcoming American musical drama anthology television series created by Ryan Murphy, known for Glee, American Horror Story, and American Crime Story, and Steven Canals, who has been writing scripts for the series with Our Lady J (Transparent) as well as with transgender rights activist and bestselling author Janet Mock. The series was announced by FX in March 2017 and is set premiere in the summer of 2018.

Most notably, Pose features five transgender actors that were cast after a six-month nationwide search led by casting director Alexa Fogel. The series will also feature more than 50 LGBTQ characters.

MJ Rodriguez, Indya Moore, Dominique Jackson, Hailie Sahar, and Angelica Ross all will be playing transgender characters in the new musical series focuses on ball culture in ‘80s New York City. The series makes history as the largest transgender series regular cast, as well as the largest LGBTQ cast ever for a scripted series.

The writers and creators of Pose have also brought on ball culture consultants Michael Roberson and Twiggy Pucci Garçon to help create a series and develop stories authentic to the New York ball community. Skylar King, Hector Xtravaganza, and Sol Williams will also serve as Pose consultants.

Not only is the show bringing transgender representation, consulting members of the ball culture community, and hiring actual transgender characters, the series will also bring on emerging transgender directors to be mentored through Murphy’s Directing Mentorship Program. Leiomy Maldonado and Danielle Polanco will be choreographing the series’ ball scenes. Polanco has choreographed for Janet Jackson, Jennifer Lopez and Beyoncé Knowles-Carter.

“I am thrilled to join forces with John Landgraf and FX Networks and FXP and Dana Walden, Gary Newman and Fox 21 Television Studios to present what I think is a game changer of a show, which at its heart is an uplifting series about the universal quest for identity, family, and respect,” said Murphy in a statement. “I can’t wait for people to see this incredibly talented, passionate cast.”

Hands down—if you are looking for LGBT representation on prime-time television—Pose seems to be it.

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