Ryan Murphy’s ‘Pose’ Casts Record Number Of Transgenders Actors For Series Regulars

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Ryan Murphy’s ‘Pose’ Casts Record Number Of Transgender Actors For Series Regulars
Posted by Wilson Morales

October 25, 2017

Source: Variety

Ryan Murphy’s new drama “Pose” has casting the highest number of transgender series regulars ever for a scripted television show.

The performers cast include trans performers MJ Rodriguez (Blanca); Indya Moore (Angel); Dominique Jackson (Elektra); Hailie Sahar (Lulu); Angelica Ross (Candy).

Additional cast members Ryan Jamaal Swain (Damon); Billy Porter (Prey Tell / MC); and Dyllon Burnside (Ricky) have also been added to the show.

FX has ordered a pilot for “Pose,” a period piece set in the mid-’80s in New York City, examining the juxtaposition of several segments of life and society in Manhattan: the emergence of the luxury Trump-era universe, the ball culture world, and downtown social and literary scene.

Murphy co-created the drama with Brad Falchuk and Steven Canals, who will executive produce with Nina Jacobson, Brad Simpson, and Alexis Martin Woodall. Canalis has been writing scripts with Our Lady J and Janet Mock. Michael Roberson and Twiggy Pucci Garçon are serving as consultants to the series on ball culture, an LGBTQ subculture rooted in 19080s nightclubs. Hector Xtravaganza, Skylar King, and Sol Williams will also serve as consultants. Trans activist director Silas Howard will serve as a co-exec producer on the show, which will work with Ryan Murphy’s Half Initiative to bring in trans directors for mentorship opportunities.

The pilot, produced by FX Productions and Fox 21, will begin production in New York in November.


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