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FX Officially Green Lights 'Pose' with Largest LGBTQ Cast in TV History

Thursday Dec 28, 2017

As previously reported, Ryan Murphy was working on a new dance musical series "Pose," about ballroom culture in New York City during the '80s. FX announced Wednesday that the show is officially a go, making history as the largest LGBTQ cast and largest TV cast of transgender people, according to The Hollywood Reporter.

The new series will star Evan Peters, Kate Mara, and James Van Der Beek and is set to debut in summer 2018. "Orphan Black" star Tatiana Maslany was set to also lead "Pose," but is no longer attached. Taking over her role as a modern dance teacher is Charlayne Woodard ("The Leftovers").

THR writes "Pose" will look "at the juxtaposition of several segments of life and society in 1980s New York: the rise of the luxury Trump-era universe, the downtown social and literary scene, and the ball culture world." THR adds the show "features the largest cast of transgender actors in series regular roles as well as the largest recurring LGBTQ cast ever for a scripted TV series. The series features five trans actors in series regular roles: MJ Rodriguez, Indya Moore, Dominique Jackson, Hailie Sahar and Angelica Ross. Each of them is playing authentic transgender characters."

Murphy co-created the show with collaborator Brad Falchuk - the duo created "Glee" and "American Horror Story."

"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," Murphy said in a statement, according to THR. "Along with being a dance musical and an affirming look at American life in the 1980s, I'm so proud that Pose and FX have made history right from the beginning by featuring the most trans series regular actors ever in an American television production.

"Additionally, the first season of 'Pose' will feature 50-plus LGBTQ characters - a record in American television history," he added. "I can't wait for people to see this incredibly talented, passionate cast."

Murphy's Half Foundation, which seeks to bring diversity behind the camera on TV, will ensure trans directors helm episodes of "Pose."

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