The series previously announced it had assembled the largest cast of trasgender series regulars when it cast MJ Rodriguez, Indya Moore, Dominique Jackson, Hailie Sahar, and Angelica Ross after a six-month long search. All will be playing transgender characters.
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.
Ryan Jamaal Swain, Billy Porter and Dyllon Burnside have also joined series.
Production on the pilot begins in November in New York City.
Murphy co-created the show with Brad Falchuk and Steven Canals. Murphy’s American Crime Story collaborators Nina Jacobson and Brad Simpson also serve as executive producers, alongside Alexis Martin Woodall and Sherry Marsh.
This marks Maslany’s first TV role since the end of BBC America’s Orphan Black, her iconic role of several different clones which ultimately won her a Best Actress Emmy award. This is her and Van Der Beek’s first time working with Murphy, though Peters and Mara are returning to the fold as frequent collaborators.