Ryan Murphy is speeding towards his coronation as King of TV. His latest venture with Brad Falchuk and Steven Canals, Pose, has amassed a cast of both grand stature, and revolutionary nature; not only has Murphy managed to fish in some big names, but he’s also made history by forming the largest group of transgender actors cast in a TV show.
Pose takes place in the midst of ’80s New York City, juxtaposing life in various Manhattan social circles, from the luxury elite to the city’s underground ballroom culture.
Kate Mara (House of Cards), James Van Der Beek (Dawson’s Creek), Tatiana Maslany (Orphan Black), and of course an American Horror Story alumnus in Evan Peters make up the group of stars who will boost viewership.
According to The Wrap, “Peters and Mara will play New Jersey couple Stan and Patty, who get sucked into the glamour and intrigue of New York City in the 1980s. Van Der Beek will play Peters’s financial kingpin boss Matt, and Maslany will play a modern dance teacher who takes a special interest in the talent of Damon (Ryan Jamaal Swain)“.
In an effort to create an authentic series showcasing the New York LGBT+ scene, Murphy has cast five transgender actors in series regular roles – the most to date – after a six-month nationwide search. The move is nothing short of expected from Murphy, whose commitment to diversity has been showcased throughout his career on Glee and AHS.
MJ Rodriguez, Indya Moore, Dominique Jackson, Hailie Sahar and Angelica Ross are those selected from the process; they join the actors mentioned above, as well as Billy Porter and Dyllon Burnside.
The authenticity of the team is echoed behind the camera; Murphy, Falchuk, and Canals write alongside transgender Transparent writer Our Lady J, and activist Janet Mock.
Nina Jacobson, Brad Simpson, and Alexis Martin Woodall will also serve as executive producers. Murphy once again collaborates with FX Productions and Fox 21 Television Studios.
Director Silas Howard will also co-executive produce, while Leiomy Maldonado and Danielle Polanco will choreograph the show’s ball scenes.
Production on Pose is set to begin next month in New York.