Expect a diverse cast of transgender performers to be on your television screensor,let’s be honest, laptop screensvery soon.
After first being announced in October, Ryan Murphy’s new show Pose has been picked up as a series, according to a press release from FX. The show boasts the largest cast of transgender actors in television history, including Her Story‘s Angelica Ross, MJ Rodriguez, and Indya Moore. Trans writers Our Lady J (Transparent) and Janet Mock will also serve as producers on the dance musical series.
In a statement, Murphy called the show a “game changer.”
“Along with being a dance musical and an affirming look at American life in the 1980s, I’m so proud that Pose and FX has made history right from the beginning by featuring the most trans series regular actors ever in an American television production,” Murphy said. “Additionally, the first season Pose will feature 50-plus LGBTQ charactersa record in American television history. I can’t wait for people to see this incredibly talented, passionate cast.”
The show is set in the 1980s New York City amid several different social scenes: the literary scene, ball culture, and Trump-era wealth. The show has an eight-episode order and is set to begin production in February and air in the summer of 2018.
“In the 15 years we’ve worked with Ryan, he has demonstrated time and again that every person’s story is joyful, illuminating, and must to be told,” Landgraf said in the release. “With Pose, Ryan, and his producing partners Nina Jacobson, Brad Simpson, Brad Falchuk,and Steven Canals, introduce us to a new group of characters whose talent, life force, and self-made community is greater than the daunting obstacles created by a society that can be threatened by their native identities.”
While Murphy will direct the first two episodes, the series’s other episodes will be helmed by emerging transgender directors through his Direct Mentorship Program.
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