Baz Luhrmann's New Show's Cast Revealed

by Kaitlin Reilly

Director Baz Luhrmann has a new project, and this time it's not a fantastical film like Moulin Rouge! or a spin on a literary classic like his adaptation of The Great Gatsby or Romeo + Juliet. In fact, Luhrmann's new project isn't a film at all: Baz Luhrmann has a brand new Netflix show in the works and, from the sound of the upcoming project, it'll be everyone's new favorite obsession. The new series is called The Get Down, and being in development for months, it finally has its main cast. According to Deadline, Baz Luhrmann's The Get Down cast will include Paper Towns actor Justice Smith, Dope actor Shameik Moore, TJ Brown, and Skylan Brooks as four friends living in the South Bronx.

Though not very much has been released about the upcoming series, recently details have emerged that paint a better picture of what Luhrmann's new venture could include. How will this project differ from Luhrmann's other works? Hopefully, it will have the same unique feel as his previous work, while breathing fresh air worthy of such a brand-new project.

Here's what we already know about The Get Down, and why we should be excited about the new project.

It's Luhrmann's First TV Venture... & It Won't Be On Television

Luhrmann's passion project will premiere on Netflix in 2016. Luhrmann will helm the first two episodes and the series finale, as well as executive produce the series. Move over, TV — you may have some more major Netflix competition in 2016.

Music & New York City Are The Center Of The Story

The series is about the New York City music scene in the '70s, with a specific focus on hip-hop. According to The Hollywood Reporter, "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." It's something Luhrmann himself is particularly interested in, as he stated: "I've been obsessed with the idea of how a city in its lowest moment, forgotten and half-destroyed, could give birth to such creativity and originality in music, art and culture."

Friendship Will Tie The World Together

According to Luhrmann in THR, "the characters [Smith, Moore, Brown, and Brooks] play in The Get Down unwittingly become a band of brothers." The boys will help one another combat the challenges of growing up in the city during a time of social and economic hardship while making music and art together.

The Teaser Showcases The Series' Raw Potential

The series hasn't begun shooting yet, but the archival footage used in the Netflix teaser paints an image of the energy of the upcoming project. I can't wait to see how these stories unfold in 2016.

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