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“The Get Down,” Baz Luhrmann’s upcoming Netflix series about Bronx teens growing up the 1970s, has cast its first four young male leads.
Tremaine Brown Jr will play Boo-Boo, a mechanically minded kid who wants to get down who is an irrepressible 40-year-old in a 14-year-old body. Justice Smith plays Ezekiel, a smart, resourceful teen brimming with untapped talent and unrequited love who is determined to make his mark in this world. Shameik Moore plays Shaolin Fantastic, a child of the streets who is thrill-seeking, unpredictable, eccentric and, above all, enigmatic. Skylan Brooks plays Ra-Ra, a loyal, respected, protective friend and brother with his head screwed on tight, who’s the voice of reason beyond his years.
“The characters these young actors play in ‘The Get Down’ unwittingly become a band of brothers,” says Luhrmann. “Any great group is always made up of distinctly different characters, and the actors »
- Whitney Friedlander
The four young male leads of Baz Luhrmann's new Netflix original series "The Get Down" have been announced. Set in 1970s New York City, a rag-tag crew of South Bronx teenagers are nothings and nobodies in a city on the brink of bankruptcy - but one that gave birth to hip-hop, punk and disco.
The characters include: Newcomer Tj Brown as mechanically-minded 14-year old 'Boo-Boo', Justice Smith ("Paper Towns") as a resourceful teen with untapped talent named 'Ezekiel', Shameik Moore ("Dope") as the enigmatic and unpredictable street kid 'Shaolin Fantastic', and Skyline Brooks ("Southpaw") as protective friend and brother 'Ra-Ra'
In a statement, Luhrmann says: "The characters these young actors play in 'The Get Down' unwittingly become a band of brothers. Any great group is always made up of distinctly different characters, and the actors we are privileged enough to invite into the roles of Ezekiel, Shaolin Fantastic, Boo-Boo »
- Garth Franklin
Netflix has given a 13-episode series order to "The Get Down," a new music-fueled drama from Oscar nominated filmmaker Baz Luhrmann. Set against the backdrop of 1970s New York City, the Sony Pictures Television series will focus on the socio-economic conditions that led to the rise of punk, hip-hop and disco "told through the lives and music of the South Bronx kids who changed the city, and the world...forever." Luhrmann, an Oscar nominee for "Moulin Rouge!" and most recently director of "The Great Gatsby," will helm the first two episodes and the season finale in what will be his first foray into TV (or whatever it is that Netflix is). "In this golden era of TV, the Netflix culture puts no constraint on creative possibilities. So it is a natural home for 'The Get Down,' a project I have been contemplating and working on now for over 10 years, »
- Daniel Fienberg
The hour-long drama will be set in 1970s New York City and focus on a rag-tag crew of South Bronx teenagers with no one to shelter them – except each other, armed only with verbal games, improvised dance steps, some magic markers and spray cans.
Traveling from Bronx tenements to the SoHo art scene, from CBGBs to Studio 54 and the just-built World Trade Center, The Get »
The Sony Pictures TV project is set in New York City in the late 1970s amid the explosion of hip-hop, punk and other innovative music and art that coincided with a surge in crime, violence and urban decay. “Get Down” focuses on a group of crafty teenagers from one of the hardest hit areas, the South Bronx.
Luhrmann said he’s been working on the concept for the series for 10 years. Netflix’s commercial-free environment and reputation for giving creatives wide berth in storytelling made it a natural home for “Get Down,” he said.
“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,” he said. “I’m »
- Cynthia Littleton
Netflix has given a series order to the long-gestating period drama "The Get Down" which "Moulin Rouge" director Baz Luhrmann and "The Shield" creator Shawn Ryan will executive produce for Sony Pictures TV.
Set in New York City in the late 1970s, the story deals with a time in which the explosion of hip-hop, punk and other innovative music and art that coincided with a surge in crime, violence and urban decay. The series will focus on a group of crafty teenagers from the South Bronx.
Thirteen episodes will be produced with a premiere slated for sometime in 2016. Luhrmann is expected to direct both the first two episodes and the final episode of the first season.
Source: Variety »
- Garth Franklin
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