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Pose - Tatiana Maslany Exits; Charlayne Woodard Joins Cast; Dance Musical Series Officially Ordered by FX



Charlayne Woodard Joins Cast

The role has been recast as the part was reimagined as a 50-year-old African-American woman during production on the pilot. Charlayne Woodard (The Leftovers, ER) will take over the part.






Tatiana Maslany Exits as Role is Reimagined

The series will debut in summer 2018 and will begin production in February in New York. Emmy winner Tatiana Maslany (Orphan Black) is no longer attached; she was poised to star as a modern dance teacher. The role is being recast.




FX ORDERS NEW SERIES FROM RYAN MURPHY

"Pose"

The Dance Musical Series Stars Evan Peters, Kate Mara, and James Van Der Beek and Features Television's Largest Cast of Transgender Actors in Series Regular Roles and the Largest LGBTQ Cast Ever for a Scripted Series

Series from Award-Winning Producers Ryan Murphy, Nina Jacobson, Brad Simpson and Brad Falchuk Is Co-Created by Murphy, Falchuk and Steven Canals and Directed by Murphy, and It Is Produced by Fox 21 Television Studios and FXP

Indya Moore as "Angel" competes in the 1987 ballroom category ROYALTY REALNESS in a scene from the pilot of POSE. Ballroom legends and survivors served as consultants for this and other scenes. Photo credit: JoJo Whilden/FX

LOS ANGELES, December 27, 2017 - FX has ordered Pose, a new dance musical series from Emmy(R) and Golden Globe(R) award-winning producers Ryan Murphy, Nina Jacobson, Brad Simpson and Brad Falchuk, it was announced today by John Landgraf, CEO, FX Networks and FX Productions.

The history-making Pose will feature the largest cast of transgender actors in series regular roles and the largest recurring LGBTQ cast ever for a scripted television series.

Pose was written by co-creators and executive producers Murphy, Falchuk and Steven Canals, with Murphy directing the first two episodes. Nina Jacobson and Brad Simpson also serve as executive producers alongside fellow executive producers Alexis Martin Woodall, Sherry Marsh and Erica Kaye. Janet Mock and Our Lady J will also serve as producers. The series is produced by Fox 21 Television Studios and FX Productions.

Murphy said, "I am thrilled to join forces with John Landgraf and FX Networks and FXP and Dana Walden, Gary Newman and Fox 21 Television Studios to 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. Along with being a dance musical and an affirming look at American life in the 1980s, I'm so proud that Pose and FX has made history right from the beginning by featuring the most trans series regular actors ever in an American television production. Additionally, the first season Pose will feature 50-plus LGBTQ characters - a record in American television history. I can't wait for people to see this incredibly talented, passionate cast."

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.

"In the 15 years we've worked with Ryan, he has demonstrated time and again that every person's story is joyful, illuminating, and must to be told," said Landgraf. "With Pose, Ryan, and his producing partners Nina Jacobson, Brad Simpson, Brad Falchuk and Steven Canals, introduce us to a new group of characters whose talent, life force, and self-made community is greater than the daunting obstacles created by a society that can be threatened by their native identities."

FX has ordered eight episodes for season one of Pose, which is scheduled to begin production in February in New York and premiere on FX in the summer of 2018.

"A decade ago, Ryan brought us the groundbreaking pilot script for Glee, a show that celebrated underdogs, proudly showcased a completely diverse cast of unknown actors and led the way for new norms of inclusion and diversity on television," commented FTG Chairman and CEOs Dana Walden and Gary Newman. "In Pose, Ryan has again, with his gifted collaborators, placed a spotlight on people who have been marginalized in society, bringing together emotional stories and a hugely talented cast in an inspirational series."

Evan Peters (American Horror Story, the X-Men franchise) and Kate Mara (American Horror Story, House of Cards) play New Jersey couple "Stan" and "Patty," who get sucked into the glamour and intrigue of New York City in the 1980s. James Van Der Beek (Dawson's Creek, What Would Diplo Do?) plays Peters' financial kingpin boss "Matt."

After a six-month nationwide search helmed by casting director Alexa Fogel (Atlanta), Murphy and his collaborators are making television history by assembling the largest cast of transgender actors in series regular roles ever for a scripted series. The transgender cast includes MJ Rodriguez, Dominique Jackson, Indya Moore, Hailie Sahar and Anjelica Ross. Also co-starring are Tony Award(R) winner Billy Porter as well as newcomers Ryan Jamall Swain and Dyllon Burnside.

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

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