Ryan Murphy has a pretty diverse programming empire spreading out across FX and Fox. Just recently, Murphy’s run has included killer clowns and cults (American Horror Story: Cult); a shocking, tragic murder in the fashion world (American Crime Story: The Assassination of Gianni Versace); and a look into the lives of police officer, paramedics and other first responders (9-1-1). You can now add New York City’s social scene in the ’80s to his list of subjects.
In recognition of National Trans Awareness Week, Entertainment Weekly and Murphy have released an exclusive first look at some of the cast members from FX’s upcoming Pose. Created by Murphy (who will also direct the pilot), Brad Falchuk, and Steven Canals, the series will focus on the collision of different worlds, including the elite rich and downtown ball culture, through the streets and boroughs of The Big Apple.
Trans cast members (left to right) Hailie Sahar, Indya Moore, Dominique Jackson, Angelica Ross and M.J. Rodriguez are spotlighted in the above photo, and are currently filming on location in New York City. Evan Peters, Kate Mara, James Van Der Beek, and Tatiana Maslany are also set to star, with Tony Award-winning star of Kinky Boots star Billy Porter also set to appear.
Pose not only has the distinction of having the most trans series regulars of any show in American television history, but Canals is also working with Our Lady J (Transparent) and trans activist Janet Mock on the scripts. Real-life ’80s ball culture performers Hector Xtravaganza, Skylar King and Sol Williams have been tapped to serve as storyline consultants. Murphy’s Half Foundation will also be mentoring transgender directors on production throughout the series’ run.
“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.” – Steven Canals