The first trailer for Baz Luhrmann’s Netflix series The Get Down transports viewers to 1977 in the Bronx where up-and-coming musicians herald the start of a new era and the end of a popular one. The six-part series, coming this August, crosses musical genres and features the formation of hip-hop by its earliest innovators, and the waning days of Disco, which will go out with a bang if one powerful singer has anything to say about it.
Executive producer and series creator Luhrmann teamed up with four-time Oscar-winner and fellow executive producer Catherine Martin; legendary MC and executive producer Nas; associate producer Grandmaster Flash; Pulitzer Prize-winning playwright, co-creator and executive producer Stephen Adly Guirgis; and expert collaborators, including hip-hop historian and supervising producer Nelson George.
The talented on-screen cast (and characters) of the The Get Down includes Shameik Moore (Shaolin Fantastic), Justice Smith (Ezekiel “Books” Figuero), Herizen Guardiola (Mylene Cruz), Yahya Abdul-Mateen II (Cadillac), Jaden Smith (Dizzee Kipling), Skylan Brooks (Ra Ra Kipling), Tremaine Brown Jr. (Boo Boo Kiping), Mamoudou Athie (Grandmaster Flash), Jimmy Smits (Francisco “Papa Fuerte” Cruz) and Giancarlo Esposito (Ramon Cruz). “Part One” of The Get Down, comprising six episodes, premieres all over the world on Friday, August 12th on Netflix.
Watch the trailer for The Get Down below:
Here’s the official synopsis for The Get Down:
The Get Down is a mythic saga of how New York at the brink of bankruptcy gave birth to a new art form. Set in New York in 1977, this music-driven drama series chronicles the rise of hip-hop and the last days of disco -– told through the lives, music, art and dance of the South Bronx kids who would change the world forever.
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