New Ryan Murphy Show for FX Casts Several Transgender Regulars


Hailie Sahar, right, with Sandra Caldwell in the Off Broadway play “Charm” in August. Ms. Sahar is among the transgender actresses cast in “Pose,” a pilot for FX. Credit Sara Krulwich/The New York Times

The pilot for a new FX show, “Pose,” will feature what the network called the largest cast of transgender series regulars on television, it announced Wednesday. The show is to be a deep dive into the culture of New York City in the 1980s.

It is the brainchild of the “Glee” and “American Horror Story” collaborators Ryan Murphy and Brad Falchuk along with Steven Canals.

Among the transgender performers who were cast: MJ Rodriguez (“Nurse Jackie,” “Luke Cage”); Dominique Jackson, a New York-based model; Hailie Sahar (“Transparent,” “Mr. Robot”); Angelica Ross (“Transparent,” “Claws”); and Indya Moore, who appeared in “Saturday Church,” a film musical that debuted at the Tribeca Film Festival.

Transgender performers have long appeared on reality shows like “RuPaul’s Drag Race” as well as scripted series like Amazon’s “Transparent,” though that show has been criticized for casting Jeffrey Tambor, an actor who is not transgender, in the lead role. On Netflix, “Orange Is the New Black” propelled the transgender actress Laverne Cox to fame for her portrayal of the inmate Sophia Burset.

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