The first full trailer for Ryan Murphy’s new series Pose is here, and we’re super excited about what we see. The series is ushering in a new dawn of trans and queer person of color visibility on television. Don’t believe us? Watch the Pose trailer below and see for yourself.
The cast has a record-setting number of trans actors tapped for series regular roles in one show, as well as the largest LGBTQ cast ever for a scripted series. The trans actors — MJ Rodriguez, Indya Moore, Dominique Jackson, Hailie Sahar and Angelica Ross — all play transgender characters. Also co-starring are Billy Porter and newcomers Ryan Jamaal Swain and Dyllon Burnside. Murphy’s new show also features familiar faces from American Horror Story, like Evan Peters and Kate Mara.
The trailer shows the fabulous hidden world of ballroom culture, against the backdrop of 1980s New York City. Dominique Jackson plays the house mother. “Focus, children,” she says in the preview. “It’s time to remind the world who we are.”
Jamaal Swain plays a ballet dancer, who gets tapped by MJ Rodriguez to join her house. “I have bigger dreams than performing at some ball,” he says as he tries to fend off her invitation.
Swain’s character ends up accepting, as we see that the aspiring dancer homeless on the streets with nowhere else to go. Ballroom culture is foreign to him, so he asks what is a ball, a question probably many of the trailer’s viewers also have. “Balls are gatherings of people who are not welcome to gather anywhere else,” Rodriguez answers.
The trailer looks opulent and dizzying, and is making us only want to see more of the series that premieres June 3, just in time for LGBT pride month.
Ryan Murphy directed the first two episodes of Pose and co-created the show with Brad Falchuck and Steven Canals. Canals wrote the script with trans activist Janet Mock, while real-life ball culture performers Hector Xtravaganza, Skylar King, and Sol Williams served as consultants. In addition, Pose is partnering with Murphy’s Half Foundation to mentor transgender directors.