Baz Luhrmann. Netflix original series. ‘70s-set music drama. The birth of hip hop. The Get Down already has a lot going for it, but fans who’ve been following this intriguing project now get their first look through a sizzle reel. There’s Boogie Nights-style dance moves, soulful ballads, romance, death, and a story about chasing the American dream during a tumultuous time that’s sure to pique your interest.
The 13 hourlong episodes, which feature a diverse cast, come at a poignant time when the Black Lives Matter movement continues its trek. Some of the faces populating the drama include newcomers Yahya Abdul-Mateen II and Mamoudou Athie, Skylan Brooks (Southpaw), and Giancarlo Esposito (Breaking Bad). Luhrmann has been teasing the explosion of creativity that comes from these down-on-their-luck characters, and the footage itself is vibrant and colorful.
Watch the sizzle reel below:
Via an earlier press release, here’s a description of The Get Down.
[The Get Down] will focus on 1970s New York City – 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.
No release date has been announced for The Get Down, but it’s one of the many new offerings coming from Netflix this year, including second seasons for Daredevil and Grace and Frankie, Fuller House, and The Crown, the latter of which also has a sizzle reel courtesy of the streaming service. Watch it below: