The Emmy-winning producer’s new show, “Pose,” will feature five transgender actors — MJ Rodriguez, Dominique Jackson, Hailie Sahar, Indya Moore and Angelica Ross — as series regulars, making it the largest such cast on a scripted series in TV history.
“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,” according to the Hollywood Reporter.
Three other actors — Ryan Jamaal Swain, Dyllon Burnside and Billy Porter, who won a Tony for playing Lola in “Kinky Boots” — have recurring roles on “Pose.”
“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,” co-creator Steven Canals said in a statement to the Hollywood Reporter.
“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 show is expected to begin production in New York in November.