Ryan Murphy’s ‘Pose’ has largest cast of trans actors ever

By : MARIAH COOPER OF THE WASHINGTON BLADE, COURTESY OF THE NATIONAL LGBT MEDIA ASSOCIATION
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Ryan Murphy’s new series “Pose” has cast the largest amount of transgender actors in history for a scripted TV show.

“Pose,” co-created by Murphy, Brad Falchuk and Steven Canals, examines the various lives of people living in New York City in 1986 including the luxury Trump era, the social and literary scene and the ball culture scene.

According to the Hollywood Reporter, the five transgender actors were cast as series regulars after a six-month nationwide search. Indya Moore (‘Saturday Church’) has been cast as Angel, MJ Rodriguez (‘Nurse Jackie,’ ‘The Carrie Diaries’) as Blanca, model Dominique Jackson as Elektra, Haillie Sahar as Lulu (‘Mr. Robot,’ ‘Transparent’) and Angelica Ross (‘Transparent’) as Candy.

There will also be transgender talent behind the scenes. Transgender activist and author Janet Mock is on board to pen the script along with transgender writer Our Lady J. Transgender activist Silas Howard will executive produce the series and mentor up-and-coming transgender directors.

Hector Xtravaganza, Skylar King and Sol Williams will serve as consultants on the series.

“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,” Canals said in a statement. “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.”

The pilot starts filming in November in New York. The series is expected to premiere in 2018 on FX.

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