Baz Luhrmann’s The Get Down focuses on 1970s New York – broken down and beaten up, violent, cash strapped – dying.
Consigned to rubble, a rag-tag crew of 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 CBGB to Studio 54 and even the glass towers of the just-built World Trade Center, The Get Down shows how New York at the brink of bankruptcy gave birth to hip-hop, punk and disco – as told through the lives and music of the South Bronx kids who changed the city and the world…forever.
The Get Down stars Justice Smith (Ezekiel “Books” Figueroa), Shameik Moore (Shaolin Fantastic), Herizen Guardiola (Mylene Cruz), Tremaine Brown Jr. (Miles “Boo-Boo” Kipling), Skylan Brooks (Ronald “Ra-Ra” Kipling), Jaden Smith (Dizzee Kipling), Yahya Abdul-Mateen II (Cadillac), Jimmy Smits (Francisco “Papa Fuerte” Cruz), Shyrley Rodriguez (Regina), Stefanee Martin (Yolanda Kipling) and Giancarlo Esposito (Pastor Ramon Cruz).
The Get Down is produced by Sony Pictures Television and premieres on Netflix on August 12th.