The show will also feature Evan Peters and Kate Mara as a New Jersey couple who explores the world of 1980s NYC glamour. The show is slated to make TV history by featuring the largest cast of transgender actors in regular roles, as well as the largest recurring LGBTQ cast ever, for a scripted series.
"Pose" will serve as a snapshot into the changing tides of the city, juxtaposing the rise of Trump-era luxury with the downtown social scene.
Prolific TV producer Ryan Murphy is known for pushing the envelope, from his hyperactive teen dramas (Popular, Glee) to his candy-coated takes on horror (American Horror Story, Scream Queens) to his tabloid-adjacent docudrama anthologies (American Crime Story, Feud).
Co-created with frequent collaborator Brad Falchuk and Steven Canals, Murphy will direct the first two episodes of the series' first season.
In a press release on Wednesday, FX announced the series and said that Murphy and his team searched for six months to assemble the cast, which includes MJ Rodriguez, Dominique Jackson, Indya Moore, Hailie Sahar and Angelica Ross. Our Lady J from Transparent and activist Janet Mock are working on scripts for the show.
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But perhaps most interestingly, one role in the series-which Tatiana Maslany was originally set to play-has been rewritten and recast.
Yep, you read that correctly: Ryan Murphy is making a show that is, at least in part, about "ball culture".
FX officially ordered Pose to series.
Murphy said in a statement he expected the show to be "a game changer" about the "universal quest for identity, family and respect", adding that it would also feature 50-plus LGBTQ characters -- another record.
The series is scheduled to premiere in the summer of 2018. Also cast are newcomers Ryan Jamaal Swain and Dyllon Burnside. "I can't wait for people to see this incredibly talented, passionate cast", he continued.
In conjunction with Ryan Murphy's Half Initiative, the series will be bringing on emerging transgender directors to be mentored through his Directing Mentorship Program.