Ryan Murphy’s ‘Pose’ Adds Evan Peters, Kate Mara, James Van Der Beek, Tatiana Maslany

FX pilot has already cast a record number of transgender series regulars

Ryan Murphy’s FX drama pilot “Pose” has added Evan Peters, Kate Mara, James Van Der Beek and Tatiana Maslany to its previously announced cast.

Set in the mid-’80s in New York City, the project examines and juxtaposes life in various Manhattan social circles, from the luxury elite to the city’s underground ballroom culture.

Peters and Mara will play New Jersey couple Stan and Patty, who get sucked into the glamour and intrigue of New York City in the 1980s. Van Der Beek will play Peters’s financial kingpin boss Matt, and Maslany will play a modern dance teacher who takes a special interest in the talent of Damon (Ryan Jamaal Swain).

On Wednesday, the period piece set a scripted series record when it announced five transgender performers had been cast in series regular roles” MJ Rodriguez, Indya Moore, Dominique Jackson, Hailie Sahar and Angelica Ross. Swain, Billy Porter and Dyllon Burnside also star.

Steven Canals co-created the series with Murphy and Brad Falchuk, and will write the series alongside “Transparent” writer Our Lady J and trans activist Janet Mock. Nina Jacobson, Brad Simpson, and Alexis Martin Woodall will also serve as executive producers. The project hails from FX Productions and Fox 21 Television Studios.

Michael Roberson, Twiggy Pucci Garçon, Hector Xtravaganza, Skylar King and Sol Williams will serve as consultants. Director Silas Howard will co-executive produce. Leiomy Maldonado and Danielle Polanco will choreograph the show’s ball scenes.