A new show by Ryan Murphy is set to make history by casting five transgender actors in regular roles, a record for a scripted TV series.
Pose, a drama set in 1980s New York, will examine the different areas of society including, “the rise of the luxury Trump-era universe, the downtown social and literary scene, and the ball culture world.”
Five Transgender Actors Will Be Regulars In New Ryan Murphy Drama
After a six-month nationwide search, MJ Rodriguez (Nurse Jackie, Luke Cage), Indya Moore, Dominique Jackson, Hailie Sahar (Mr. Robot, Transparent), and Angelica Ross (Claws, Transparent) all landed the history-making roles. Each will be playing an authentically transgender character.
Pose was co-created by Murphy and go-to collaborator Brad Falchuk (Glee, American Horror Story) and Steven Canals. Canals has worked with transgender rights activist and New York Times best-selling author Janet Mock, as well as Transparent writer Our Lady J.
Opening Doors For Transgender Talent On And Off Camera
Read Canals statement on the series here:
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.
Trans activist director Silas Howard will co-exec produce.
In conjunction with Murphy’s Half Initiative, a foundation within his 20th Century Fox TV-based production company aimed at creating equal opportunities for men and women behind the camera, Pose will bring emerging transgender directors on board to be mentored through the showrunner's Directing Mentorship Program.