Ryan Murphy revealed new details for the second season of Pose at the show’s Paleyfest panel on Saturday (23 March) in Hollywood.
‘We’ve come up with this great role for Patti LuPone,’ Murphy, who created the series said of the Broadway legend.
‘She loves the show and we wrote this part and she said, “Yes, I want to do it,” so she’s coming to play with us in a couple weeks.’
Murphy told fans of the show the casting news at Paleyfest, an annual festival highlighting current and upcoming television shows.
He also added LuPone will share many scenes with lead actor MJ Rodriguez, who plays Blanca.
LuPone is best known for her work in stage musicals. She’s won two Tony Awards, the first in 1979 for Evita and the second for the 2008 revival of Gypsy.
She is also a two-time Grammy winner.
LuPone’s resume includes numerous film and television titles, as well, including a previous Murphy project. She appeared in American Horror Story: Coven, the third season of the horror anthology. In the series, she played a devoutly religious neighbor to a coven of a witches.
Heading to the 90s
Murphy also revealed the show is jumping forward in time for its sophomore season. While the first season of the show, which focuses on ballroom culture in New York City and transgender characters, took places in the late 80s, the second season will grapple with the decade of the 90s.
Season two will begin on the day Madonna’s hit single Vogue was released — 27 March 1990.
‘We now get sort of reacquainted with these characters because the year-and-a-half has now passed,’ co-creator Steven Canals told Variety.
‘It’s fun to explore what has happened in the past two years, and how are they the person that they are presenting now? We were able to research what was happening in 1990 and lean into how New York had changed.’
Canals also added the second season will lean more into the HIV and AIDS epidemic.
He explained: ‘Obviously it loomed heavy in the first season, but we see the real-world consequences much more in the second season. We’re also talking about access to medical care and what does that mean to be positive and be black or be Latin and not have access?
‘To explore life and death in that way is exciting as a storyteller and also scary because you know the audience has expectations, and they fall in love with these characters.’
Pose Season 2 will premiere later this year.