Now this is what we like to see!
Ryan Murphy, the TV mastermind behind hit shows Glee and American Horror Story, is adding yet another series to his plate with Pose, a mid-80s period piece focusing in part on ball culture in New York City.
While details about the new project have been scarce so far, it’s now been announced that the show’s cast will include five trans actors in starring roles, the highest of any scripted TV series in history.
They are MJ Rodriguez, Indya Moore, Dominique Jackson, Hailie Sahar, and Angelica Ross, and they’ll all be playing transgender characters. The announcement follows a six-month nationwide search by casting director Alexa Fogel.
Also announced for the cast are Ryan Jamaal Swain, Billy Porter, and Dyllon Burnside.
Behind the scenes, co-creator Steven Canals has been writing scripts for the series alongside Transparent writer and producer Our Lady J and trans activist and author Janet Mock.
According to Deadline, Pose will be set in 1986 and “examines the juxtaposition of several segments of life and society in New York City: the emergence of the luxury Trump-era universe, the downtown social and literary scene and the ball culture world”.
Ball culture refers to an underground LGBT+ subculture in the United States, especially prominent in New York City in the 80s, where queer people compete for trophies and prizes at events known as balls.
The scene was brought to the world’s attention in iconic 1990 documentary Paris Is Burning, and is regularly drawn upon for inspiration by reality behemoth RuPaul’s Drag Race.
Pose is expected to begin shooting this November in New York City.