Record Number of Transgender Actors Cast in New Ryan Murphy Series Pose

Photo: FX

A new Ryan Murphy show has made history in its casting of
five transgender actors as series regulars, a record for
scripted TV.

Ryan Murphy—the showrunner behind Feud and
American Horror Story—and FX are producing a pilot for
the drama, called Pose, which is to be a portrait of
life in ’80s New York City. According to The
Hollywood Reporter
, it will depict two apparently
juxtaposed social strata: Wall Street culture and various
literary, LGBT, and “downtown” scenes.

The cast reportedly came together after a six-month-long
national search. The show’s transgender actors are MJ Rodriguez
(previously of Nurse Jackie and Luke Cage),
Angelica Ross (Transparent) Hailie Sahar (has appeared
on Mr. Robot), Indya Moore, and Dominique Jackson.
Other cast-members include Ryan Jamaal Swain, Billy Porter, and
Dyllon Burnside.

Steven Canals, one of the show’s writers (who also include
Janet Mock and Our Lady J),
said of the project’s monumental casting, in a statement, “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.”

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