8 Things 'The Get Down' Trailer Tells Us About Baz Luhrmann's Highly Anticipated Netflix Series — VIDEO
On Wednesday, Netflix finally released the trailer for Baz Luhrmann's upcoming series, The Get Down — and like everyone else, I have to say it looks pretty damn good. The streaming service is producing a total of 31 new shows this year, but after seeing the trailer for The Get Down — which is set in the Bronx in the 1970s — it looks like the other shows are going to have some tough competition.
The series from Luhrmann is described by Netflix as "a mythic saga of 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."
It's a pretty dramatic description on paper, but the teaser trailer delivers — not only for the splashy, gorgeous sets and killer soundtrack typical of Luhrmann, but for the solid cast, many of whom are young, but seriously talented newcomers. The best moment and best line of the trailer: "You don't know what the f**king 'Get Down' is?" Perhaps a cheeky nod to those that might not have heard about the new Netflix series? If so, It's safe to say that after this trailer, it will be hard to stop hearing about it.
Here are eight things The Get Down trailer tells us about the show:
1. There Are Tons of Talented Newcomers...
The main cast of The Get Down is all new, baby. The four main leads are newcomers Tremaine Brown, Jr., Justice Smith, Shameik Moore and Skylan Brooks, who are all under 20 — in fact, Brown, Jr., is only 14 years old.
2. ... And Some Famous Faces
The inimitable Giancarlo Esposito is in the cast, playing a very different character to Breaking Bad's Gus Fring: In The Get Down, Esposito plays Pastor Ramon Cruz, who does not want his daughter to get involved with this "disco" music. He's the brother of sympathetic Bronx politician "Papa Fuerte" Cruz, played by the also-super famous Jimmy Smits. You might know Smits from anything and everything — most recently, though, Dexter and Sons of Anarchy.
3. Jaden Smith Is In It
Maybe Jaden Smith being in The Get Down will make up a little bit for the fact that he deleted his Twitter. He plays "Marcus “Dizzee” Kipling, who Deadline describes as "a psychedelically talented and enigmatic graffiti writer raised in the South Bronx."
4. The Music And Dancing Are Amazing
Whether in the underground hip-hop club or at the disco or on the streets, the dancing in this series looks phenomenal and will probably make you realize that you could never dance at all. Even better: THE MUSIC.
5. It's Going To Be As Painful As It Is Triumphant
For as much jubilation as there is in this trailer, there are stark images of violence that plagued the South Bronx in the '70s, and several difficult moments in the trailer alone that hint the series isn't going to shy away from heavy and painful content dealing with race, class, and violence.
6. Grandmaster Flash Is All Over This Project
Thank goodness! Not only is the real, iconic Grandmaster Flash an executive producer on the project, but he'll be played in the show by Mamoudou Athie, who wears an incredible personalized jacket while spinning a set in the trailer. Flash was one of the pioneers of ''70s hip-hop in the Bronx, and it's good to know that he's advising Baz on the set.
7. There's No Release Date Yet
Unfortunately, this teaser trailer really is a tease, because Netflix doesn't have a release date on the project. However, it's nice of them to give us a trailer that's almost three minutes long.
8. Herizen Guardiola Is Incredible
You might not know her yet, but The Get Down is sure to make 18-year old singer/songwriter Guardiola a bona fide star. She belts her heart out, providing the crescendo for the extremely emotional three-minute trailer. Guardiola is making her acting debut as Mylene Cruz, the daughter of strict pastor Ramon Cruz (aforementioned, played by Esposito).
The Get Down has no premiere date yet, but its 13 episodes will be coming to Netflix some time in 2016.
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