Ryan Murphy's LGBTQ History-Making 'Pose' Headed for FX

Ryan Murphy's LGBTQ History-Making 'Pose' Headed for FX

Ryan Murphy's dance musical Pose, set in 1980s NY, has been greenlit for an eight-episode series, and will feature five transgender actors as series regulars-a record in television. The series will debut in summer 2018 and will begin production in February in NY.

It looks like Ryan Murphy is headed toward production on his upcoming musical series Pose.

The series is written by Murphy, Brad Falchuk and Steven Canals.

In November, Entertainment Weekly got an exclusive, behind-the-scenes look at trans cast members Hailie Sahar, Indya Moore, Dominique Jackson, Angelica Ross and M.J. Rodriguez on set. All of them will be playing transgender characters. This will give the show the largest transgender cast in ongoing roles for a scripted TV series ever. The show is set in the 1980s and stars American Horror Story alums Evan Peters and Kate Mara as a married couple from New Jersey who get caught up in the glitz and glamour of NY society during the city's simultaneously seediest, yet most decadent years.

"I am 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. Murphy says the first season will feature over 50 different LGBTQ characters, which he claims is a record for American television. James Van Der Beek (Dawson's Creek, What Would Diplo Do?) plays a financial kingpin boss. Maslany, who was previously cast as a modern dance teacher who develops a relationship with Damon (Ryan Jamaal Swain), has been confirmed to have exited the series.

Orphan Black's Tatiana Maslany was originally attached to star, but the role was re-conceived and will now be played by Charayne Woodard (The Leftovers).

In conjunction with Murphy's Half Initiative, the series will be bringing on emerging transgender directors to be mentored through his Directing Mentorship Program.

"I can't wait for people to see this incredibly talented, passionate cast", he said.