Ryan Murphy’s new show will include five transgender actors

The American Horror Story creator makes history with upcoming ’80s ballroom drama Pose.

October 26, 2017
 Ryan Murphy’s new show will include five transgender actors Pose cast.   FX

Pose, a new TV drama about ballroom culture in '80s New York, has set a new record for casting the largest number of trans actors ever in a scripted series. The show is the latest project from American Horror Story creator Ryan Murphy and will film its pilot episode for FX in November, Variety reports.

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The five regular trans cast members are MJ Rodriguez (Blanca), Indya Moore (Angel), model and current ball scene star Dominique Jackson (Elektra), Hailie Sahar (Lulu), and Angelica Ross (Candy). Between them the cast has previously appeared in Mr. Robot, Nurse Jackie, Transparent, Luke Cage, and Claws.

A period piece set in the mid-’80s, Pose will "examine the juxtaposition of several segments of life and society in Manhattan: the emergence of the luxury Trump-era universe, the ball culture world, and downtown social and literary scene."

Trans activist Janet Mock is writing scripts for the show alongside Our Lady J and Murphy's co-creator Steven Canals. Another trans activist, Silas Howard, will serve as co-executive producer. Ball scene experts Michael Roberson and Twiggy Pucci Garçon are serving as consultants to the series alongside Hector Xtravaganza, Skylar King, and Sol Williams.

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