Glee creator Ryan Murphy wants to create opportunities for trans actors with new drama
Glee creator Ryan Murphy has said he wants to create opportunities for transgender actors with upcoming drama ‘Pose’.
The show was announced last year and features a whole load of trans cast members.
The American Horror Story, American Crime Story, and Feud showrunner created Pose alongside Glee collaborator Brad Falchuk, and it was greenlit by Fox last year.
Pose is set in 1980s New York, and portrays life in the city’s iconic queer ballroom culture, as most famously portrayed in the film Paris is Burning.
It also features writer-producer trans broadcaster Janet Mock.
Speaking at the Television Critics Association’s winter press tour, Murphy spoke of why he wanted to create the show.
“The show is about the search for being authentic, about creating opportunities,” said Murphy.
“We’re past an era of straight men playing these roles. It’s time to think differently and offer more opportunities to people who want to work. Many of this cast have never been in front of the camera before.”
It also tackles other segments of New York society, juxtaposing the ballroom scene with the city’s creative hub and high-flying luxury business world.
But with its focus on the queer community, the show features a number of transgender characters.
And it has the most transgender actors and actresses on the cast of any show in US TV history.
MJ Rodriguez, Indya Moore, Dominique Jackson, Hailie Sahar, and Angelica Ross, all of whom are transgender, lead the cast.
American Horror Story’s Evan Peters is also set to appear, alongside House of Cards actress Kate Mara, James Van Der Beek and Charlayne Woodard.
But it’s not just in front of the camera that transgender people will have a say either.
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