Ryan Murphy’s musical drama is about to make history.
The FX series is breaking boundaries by featuring the largest LGBTQ cast ever assembled for a scripted series, including the most transgender actors in series regular roles ever.
Set in 1987 New York, the series will explore the glamour and intrigue the city has to offer, juxtaposing elements of the ball culture world, the rise of the luxury experience and the social and literary scene.
Murphy announced Wednesday on Twitter that he plans to donate 100 per cent of his own profits from “Pose” to trans and LGBTQ charities, and will be announcing each of the groups he’s supporting over the next two weeks.
The eight-episode series, which is set to debut on June 3, features a cast of famous faces and newcomers.
Murphy series alum Evan Peters stars alongside Kate Mara as Stan and Patty, a New Jersey couple who get sucked into the glamorous New York scene with James Van Der Beek as Stan’s kingpin boss, Matt. Tony Award-winning actor Billy Porter is also on board the cast, which features a groundbreaking five transgender actors and women of colour including MJ Rodriguez, Dominique Jackson, Indya Moore, Hailie Sahar and Angelica Ross, who will play trans characters on the show.
Murphy and series co-creators Brad Falchuk and Steven Canals are committed to on-screen authenticity for “Pose”, hiring consultants from the ball culture, transgender creatives and writers of colour behind-the-scenes.
“We are thrilled that ‘Pose’ pushes the narrative forward by centring on the unique and under-told experiences of trans women and gay people of colour,” Canals told Indiewire. “Ryan has assembled a strong team of storytellers and innovators to collaborate on telling this important narrative. As a Bronx-bred queer writer of colour, I’m honoured to aid in ushering this groundbreaking show into homes.”