Producer Ryan Murphy is making history with his new series Pose by casting the largest group of transgender actors as series regulars in a TV show.
The musical drama also features the largest lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, and questioning (LGBTQ) cast of any series, according to E! News.
Pose, which Murphy co-executive produces, stars Evan Peters, Kate Mara, and James Van Der Beek, alongside MJ Rodriguez, Dominique Jackson, Indya Moore, Hailie Sahar, Anjelica Ross, Billy Porter, and newcomers Ryan Jamall Swain and Dyllon Burnside.
The eight-episode series is set in the 1980s and “looks at the juxtaposition of several segments of life and society in New York: the rise of the luxury Trump-era universe, the downtown social and literary scene and the ball culture world”.
Calling the series a “game changer of a show”, he shares in a statement, “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 (of) 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.”
Pose is scheduled to begin production in February (18) in New York, with Murphy directing the first two episodes. It will hit TV screens in the summer.