FX’s new Ryan Murphy pilot Pose is making history. Following a six-month nationwide casting search, show has cast five transgender actors – the most ever cast in a scripted series in regular roles!! They are (clockwise from top left) MJ Rodriguez, Hailie Sahar, Dyllon Burnside, Indya Moore, Ryan Jamaal Swain, Angelica Ross, Dominique Jackson and Billy Porter:
Additional casting for the series includes Ryan Jamaal Swain, Billy Porter and Dyllon Burnside. Further casting will be announced soon.
The pilot takes a look at several segments of life and society in 1980s New York. Murphy co-created the show with Brad Falchuk and Steven Canals.
Canals said of the project:
“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.”
Canals has been writing scripts for the series with Our Lady J and author Janet Mock. The writers have also brought on ball culture consultants Michael Roberson and Twiggy Pucci Garçon to help develop authentic ball world stories. Hector Xtravaganza, Skylar King and Sol Williams will serve as consultants.
Nina Jacobson, Brad Simpson , Alexis Martin Woodall and Sherry Marsh will executive produce the Fox 21 Television Studios and FX Productions co-production.Trans activist director Silas Howard will co-exec produce.
Pose‘s ball scenes will be choreographed by “Wonder Woman of Vogue” Leiomy Maldonado and Danielle Polanco.
In conjunction with Murphy’s Half Initiative, Pose will be bringing on emerging transgender directors to be mentored through the Directing Mentorship Program.