Ryan Murphy Assembles Largest Transgender Cast Ever For Scripted Series In Latest Drama ‘Pose’

Ryan Murphy Assembles Largest Transgender Cast Ever For Scripted Series In Latest Drama ‘Pose’

Ryan Murphy is making TV history with his latest FX drama, Pose, assembling the largest cast of transgender actors in series regular roles ever for a scripted series.

The five transgender actors were cast after a six-month nationwide search led by casting director Alexa Fogel. They are MJ Rodriguez, Indya Moore, Dominique Jackson, Hailie Sahar, and Angelica Ross. All will be playing transgender characters. Also cast in the series are Ryan Jamaal Swain, Billy Porter and Dyllon Burnside.

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. Murphy co-created the show with Brad Falchuk and Steven Canals. The two executive-produce alongside Murphy’s American Crime Story collaborators Nina Jacobson and Brad Simpson as well as Alexis Martin Woodall and Sherry Marsh for Fox 21 Television Studios and FX Productions. Trans activist director Silas Howard will serve as co-executive producer.

MJ Rodriguez, who plays Blanca, is a theater and film actress who has appeared on Nurse Jackie, The Carrie Diaries, Luke Cage and was recently featured with Indya Moore (Angel) in Saturday Church at the Tribeca Film Festival.

Dominique Jackson (Elektra) is a fashion model and fixture in the current New York ball scene. Hailie Sahar (Lulu) has been seen on Mr. Robot and Transparent. Angelica Ross (Candy) was recently on Transparent as well as on several episodes of Claws.

L to R: Indya Moore, Angelica Ross, MJ Rodriguez, Hallie Sahar, Dominique Jackson.

Of the additional cast, Ryan Jamaal Swain (Damon) recently filmed God’s Rock. Billy Porter (Pray Tell) is reprising his Tony award-winning role as Lola in Kinky Boots on Broadway. Dyllon Burnside (Ricky) was seen in Holler If Ya Hear Me on Broadway.

L to R: Ryan Jamaal Swain, Billy Porter, Dyllon Burnside

“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,” says co-creator, Steven Canals. “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 of Pose goes into production in November in New York City.

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  1. Delle
    October 26, 09:31 Reply

    I really love Ryan. Like, I really really love Ryan.

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