FX has given Ryan Murphy, Brad Falchuk, and Steven Canals’ new series Pose an eight-episode season one order. The series is described as a dance musical and features the “largest cast of transgender actors in series regular roles and the largest recurring LGBTQ cast ever for a scripted television series,” according to FX. The series announcement was accompanied by the first photo of Indya Moore as “Angel,” as well as an updated cast list.
Filming will take place in New York beginning in February 2018. FX expects to premiere season one next summer.
Murphy, Falchuk, Canals, Nina Jacobson, Brad Simpson, Alexis Martin Woodall, Sherry Marsh, and Erica Kaye serve as executive producers, with Murphy directing episodes one and two. Murphy, Falchuk, and Canals wrote the series. Pose is produced by Fox 21 Television Studios and FX Productions.
“I am thrilled to join forces with John Landgraf and FX Networks and FXP and Dana Walden, Gary Newman and Fox 21 Television Studios to present what I think is a game changer of a show, which at its heart is an uplifting series about the universal quest for identity, family and respect,” said Murphy. “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 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.”
“In the 15 years we’ve worked with Ryan, he has demonstrated time and again that every person’s story is joyful, illuminating, and must to be told,” said John Landgraf, CEO, FX Networks and FX Productions. “With Pose, Ryan, and his producing partners Nina Jacobson, Brad Simpson, Brad Falchuk and Steven Canals, introduce us to a new group of characters whose talent, life force, and self-made community is greater than the daunting obstacles created by a society that can be threatened by their native identities.”
“A decade ago, Ryan brought us the groundbreaking pilot script for Glee, a show that celebrated underdogs, proudly showcased a completely diverse cast of unknown actors and led the way for new norms of inclusion and diversity on television,” commented FTG Chairman and CEOs Dana Walden and Gary Newman. “In Pose, Ryan has again, with his gifted collaborators, placed a spotlight on people who have been marginalized in society, bringing together emotional stories and a hugely talented cast in an inspirational series.”
FX had previously announced Orphan Black‘s Tatiana Maslany would take on a role in the series. They’ve confirmed that character was “re-conceived and re-written to be a 50-year-old African-American woman.” The Leftovers‘ Charlayne Woodard has joined the cast in that role.
The Plot: Set in the 1980s, Pose 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.
Evan Peters (American Horror Story, the X-Men franchise) and Kate Mara (American Horror Story, House of Cards) play New Jersey couple “Stan” and “Patty,” who get sucked into the glamour and intrigue of New York City in the 1980s. James Van Der Beek (Dawson’s Creek, What Would Diplo Do?) plays Peters’ financial kingpin boss “Matt.”
The transgender cast includes MJ Rodriguez, Dominique Jackson, Indya Moore, Hailie Sahar and Angelica Ross. Pose also co-stars Tony Award® winner Billy Porter as well as newcomers Ryan Jamaal Swain and Dyllon Burnside.