The Get Down will focus on 1970s New York — broken down and beaten up, violent, cash strapped, dying. Consigned to rubble, a rag-tag crew of South Bronx teenagers are nothings and nobodies with no one to shelter them — except each other, armed only with verbal games, improvised dance steps, some magic markers and spray cans. From Bronx tenements to the SoHo art scene; from CBGBs to Studio 54 and even the glass towers of the just-built World Trade Center, The Get Down is a mythic saga of how New York at the brink of bankruptcy gave birth to hip-hop, punk and disco — told through the lives and music of the South Bronx kids who changed the city, and the world … forever.
Cast members include Justice Smith (playing “Ezekiel”), Shameik Moore (as “Shaolin Fantastic”), Skylan Brooks (as “Ra Ra”), Tremaine Brown, Jr. (as “Boo Boo”), Herizen Guardiola (“Mylene Cruz”), Yahya Abdul-Mateen (“Cadillac”), Mamoudou Athie (“Grandmaster Flash”), Jimmy Smits (“Francisco Cruz” aka “Papa Fuerte”) and Jaden Smith (Marcus “Dizzee” Kipling).
Luhrmann directed the first two episodes and the season finale, and serves as executive producer of the series which is also executive produced by Catherine Martin, Paul Watters, Thomas Kelly, Stephen Adly Guirgis, Shawn Ryan and Marney Hochman. The series is set to premiere this year, although an exact date has yet to be provided. By the looks of the trailer and a brief IMDB perusal, The Get Down will feature a lot of fresh new faces (including Dope’s Shameik Moore) as well as Giancarlo Esposito. Grandmaster Flash is a producer and adviser for the show.
“The pale faced media tells us we’re all going to hell,” a voiceover in the trailer says. “But maybe we’re just the first ones to light the fire.” We’ll be glued to Netflix to find out!