Get Down, The (Netflix 2016-2017, Shameik Moore, Justice Smith)

Baz Luhrmann’s music-driven drama, The Get Down, focuses 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.

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Luhrmann, director of Moulin Rouge!, Romeo + Juliet, and The Great Gatsby, will direct the first episode and serve as executive producer, overseeing all creative aspects of the show. Joining him on the creative team are four-time Academy-Award winner Catherine Martin (The Great Gatsby, Moulin Rouge!), along with Pulitzer Prize-winning writer Stephen Adly Guirgis and hip-hop historian and writer Nelson George, and a trio of the pioneers of hip-hop: Grandmaster Flash, DJ Kool Herc, and Afrika Bambaataa, each of whom will also be portrayed on the series.

production details
USA | Netflix – Sony Pictures Television | 11×60 minutes | Broadcast 12 August 2016 – 7 April 2017

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Baz Luhrmann as Executive Producer/Director of pilot
Catherine Martin as Executive Producer
Marney Hochman as Executive Producer
Paul Watters as Executive Producer
Shawn Ryan as Executive Producer
Stephen Adley Guirgis as Executive Producer
Thomas Kelly as Executive Producer

Justice Smith as Ezekiel Figuero
Shameik Moore as Shaolin Fantastic
Herizen F. Guardiola as Mylene Cruz
Skylan Brooks as Ra-Ra Kipling
Jaden Smith as Marcus ‘Dizzee’ Kipling
Tremaine Brown Jr. as Boo-Boo Kipling
Yahya Abdul-Mateen II as Clarence ‘Cadillac’ Caldwell
Jimmy Smits as Francisco ‘Papa Fuerte’ Cruz
Stefanée Martin as Yolanda Kipling
Shyrley Rodriguez as Regina Diaz
Mamoudou Athie as Grandmaster Flash
Giancarlo Esposito as Pastor Ramon Cruz

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