The Get Down: Baz Luhrmann's Opus to '70s NYC Music Scene Gets Full Trailer

Netflix has released a full trailer for The Get Down, Baz Luhrmann’s opus to the rise of hip-hop circa 1977 New York City, and it is wonderfully immersive.

With six of 13 episodes premiering Friday, Aug. 12, The Get Down is described “a mythic saga of how New York at the brink of bankruptcy gave birth to a new art form,” chronicling the rise of hip-hop and the last days of disco — as told through the lives, music, art and dance of the South Bronx kids who would change the world forever.

In addition to Luhrmann (Strictly Ballroom, Moulin Rouge), the series’ creative team includes four-time Oscar winner Catherine Martin, Nas, Grandmaster Flash, Pulitzer Prize winning playwright Stephen Adly Guirgis and hip-hop historian Nelson George.

The cast, meanwhile, includes Shameik Moore (playing Shaolin Fantastic), Justice Smith (Ezekiel “Books” Figuero), Herizen Guardiola (Mylene Cruz), Yahya Abdul-Mateen II (Cadillac), Jaden Smith (Dizzee Kipling), Skylan Brooks (Ra-Ra Kipling), Tremaine Brown Jr. (Boo Boo Kiping), Mamoudou Athie (Grandmaster Flash), Sons of Anarchy’s Jimmy Smits (Francisco “Papa Fuerte” Cruz) and Revolution‘s Giancarlo Esposito (Ramon Cruz).

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  1. herman1959 says:

    I can not wait for this one!

  2. jr. says:

    IMO. This does not look good at all. If this was clips of the best of the show ( sigh ). And Baz
    delivered so well with the movie Moulin Rouge.

  3. atia says:

    This doesn’t look bad . . . but it looks much different than what I thought it would be. I thought it would be more of a straight-forward drama. I didn’t realize Baz Luhrmann was involved. Loved Strictly Ballroom (possibly my favorite movie of all time), hated Moulin Rouge (definitely my worst movie of all time). Go figure, huh? This looks like the show will amp up the over-the-top caricature-ness and emphasize musical numbers. That trailer mostly looked like a music video. Reminded me of the old intro to Fame (tv series). Another old favorite, but not what I wanted to see for this story. I was thinking it would be more Wire and less High School Musical. Not that there’s anything wrong with HSM, just not what I wanted from this particular story. Oh well, it remains to be seen, literally.

  4. EllynW says:

    Opus? Did you mean ode or homage?

  5. Anna says:

    Hmm looks interesting. I like how soundtracked it feels – kind of seems like a show inside of a music video.