Indya Moore, the transgender actress who plays Angel Evangelista in Ryan Murphy‘s ballroom drama Pose, will appear in the upcoming horror flick Escape Room 2, a film about young people who have to flee a room filled with deadly traps.
Though it’s unclear what role Moore will play, it’ll make them the second out trans actor to be recently cast in a prominent horror film role — the other was trans Latinx actress Zoey Luna who’ll star in the remake of the witchy 1996 cult favorite The Craft.
Out reports that Moore will join actors Thomas Cocquerel, Isabelle Fuhrman, Carlito Olivero and Holland Roden in being added to the Escape Room sequel. They will also act alongside the previous leads from the first film, Logan Miller and Taylor Russell.
The first film was filmed in South Africa from 2017 to 2018 and released on January 4, 2019, and to date has grossed $155 million worldwide.
Hornet shares some of Moore’s real-life backstory:
Moore grew up in the Bronx, realized their trans identity early on and was separated from their abusive birth parents and made to live in a series of foster homes at age 14. They dropped out of school at 15 and began freelance modeling. Though later they got their GED, before they were cast in Pose in 2017 they were an unsigned freelance model sleeping in a “less than ideal” group hostel in Queens.
In Pose, Moore plays a Puerto Rican ballgoer who once worked as a sex worker and a peep show model in Time Square. Their character eventually becomes a model who gets taken advantage of by a sleazy photographer and gets outed as trans, scuttling their career aspirations.
In addition to appearing in Pose, Moore has performed with Katy Perry on Saturday Night Live and has appeared in two short films and a few music videos. They also starred in the film Queen & Slim. They have also appeared in fashion shoots for Vogue, GQ, Gucci and Dior.
Here’s the trailer for the first Escape Room: