The FX Network has ordered Ryan Murphy‘s new series, “Pose.”
The series has been in the works for several months, and is a musical that boasts the largest cast of transgender lead actors in television history. It also has the largest cast of recurring LGBTQ actors.
“Pose” is a dance musical set in 1980s New York society.
Upon the announcement of the series order, creator Ryan Murphy said:
I am thrilled to join forces with John Landgraf and FX Networks and FXP and Dana Walden, Gary Newman and Fox 21 Television Studios to present what I think is a game changer of a show, which at its heart is an uplifting series about the universal quest for identity, family and respect. 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. Additionally, the first season “Pose” will feature 50-plus LGBTQ characters – a record in American television history. I can’t wait for people to see this incredibly talented, passionate cast.
The series stars Evan Peters (“American Horror Story”), Kate Mara (“House of Cards”) and James Van Der Beek (“What Would Diplo Do?”). The press release describes their characters as New Jersey couple Stan (Peters) and Patty (Mara), who get sucked into the glamour and intrigue of New York City in the 1980s. James Van Der Beek plays Peters’ financial kingpin boss Matt.
The transgender cast includes MJ Rodriguez, Dominique Jackson, Indya Moore, Hailie Sahar and Anjelica Ross. Also co-starring are Tony Award® winner Billy Porter as well as newcomers Ryan Jamall Swain and Dyllon Burnside. Casting the series took more than six months.
Murphy’s Half Initiative will also bring on board a number of transgender directors through his Directing Mentorship Program.
Murphy is the winner of four Primetime Emmy Awards, plus a number of additional nominations. His nominated series include “Nip/Tuck,” “Glee,” “American Horror Story,” “American Crime Story: The People vs. O.J. Simpson,” and “Feud: Bette and Joan.”
Production will begin in February, and the series will premiere in summer 2018.