The Get Down: Jaden Smith to Recur on Baz Luhrmann's Netflix Drama

Jaden Smith The Get Down

Jaden Smith is the latest cool cat to join Baz Luhrmann’s upcoming Netflix series The Get Down.

The After Earth actor will recur on the 1970s-set musical drama, the streaming giant announced Tuesday.

Set in New York City during the birth of hip-hop, punk and disco, The Get Down centers on a ragtag crew of South Bronx teenagers who have no one to shelter them except each other.

Smith will play 18-year-old Marcus “Dizzee” Kipling, a psychedelically talented and enigmatic graffiti writer raised in the South Bronx.

The Get Down‘s cast also includes up-and-comers TJ Brown, Justice Smith, Shameik Moore and Skylan Brooks as the quartet at the heart of the story, and 18-year-old Herizen Guardiola as vocalist Mylene Cruz. Jimmy Smits (Sons of Anarchy) will appear as Mylene’s uncle, Papa Fuerte.

Smith’s previous TV credits include The Suite Life of Zack and Cody and the 2003 sitcom All of Us.

The Get Down‘s 13-episode first season will debut on Netflix in 2016.

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  1. steven says:

    Who keeps giving him work?

  2. Zendaea says:


  3. Ryan says:

    That announcement just guaranteed that I won’t be watching.

    • uk-usa-tvaddict says:

      That was my initial reaction but the story says that he is a recurring character, so I am hoping that his “acting” role will be very limited. I am fine with him playing some crazy character the main actual actors interact with occasionally. 13 hours is a long time.

  4. Tony Lang says:

    I dunno about “Cat”, but Jaden Smith is anything but cool. Steve McQueen would’ve beat the living sh*t out of anyone who shows up ANYWHERE in a white Batman suit.

  5. bj says:

    Just that picture was enough to turn me off.

  6. AddieM says:

    I dunno why people hate’s not his fault he was born rich.

    • Dmac says:

      He can’t act…

      • Pedro says:

        Really? He was pretty decent in The Pusuit of Happyness and Karate Kid. Sure, he was not good in After Earth, but no one would have ben. M. Night is a one hit wonder director.

        • RUCookie says:

          completely off topic but M Night is not a one hit wonder. He had a few really good movies… so, it is more like a 3 or 4 hit wonder. He is most know for the Sixth Sense, but Unbreakable and The Signs did fantastic too (and were fun movies).

    • Gerald Christie says:

      I don’t mind the fact that he’s rich, my problem is with the fact that he has zero charisma and presence. I mean, I would rather watch paint dry.

    • Alycia Swift says:

      Its not that he was born rich. He seems to be a bit of a jerk from what I have seen. The kids seem entitled. If he was a great actor, he might have some excuse, but he is not. He was good in the Pursuit of Happyness when he was very young. He was not in After Earth. He does not have the charisma or acting chops of either of his parents.

  7. craig says:

    yucko. bye, bitch.

  8. Drew says:

    Does this kid ever not look stoned out of his mind?

  9. Saluzzo says:

    I’m also not the biggest Jaden Smith fan, but I am interested to see if Baz Luhrmann can bring something out in him.

  10. Dude says:

    Why did he study at the Chad Michael Murray school for squinting?

  11. Mick says:

    I think its smart Jaden is moving to television, where both of his parents started their careers. He is not ready to carry a movie like After Earth but he has something definitely on stage charisma.

  12. Et al says:

    This show just went from ‘must-watch’ to ‘pass’.

  13. Ellinas78 says:

    Netflix is really trying to keep its promise of releasing more new stuff. They don’t know the concept of quality vs. quantity.

  14. Nick says:

    Wont be watching with him on it!

  15. Kiane says:

    Seriously? Will Smith is so busy pawning his kids off on every Hollywood studio. Will Smith needs to face facts, his kids can’t act. Will Smith and Jada are talented actors in their own right, but his children have no natural ability to act. They need to go to drama school and get some experience. Jaden Smith is one reason why I don’t watch anything with him in it.

  16. Angus says:

    Daddy bought him another role. How nice.

  17. dman6015 says:

    The final nail in the coffin as to how I finally found a Netflix show I have ZERO interest in watching.

  18. Jess says:

    Jaden Smith can act. You haven’t even seen a single episode of this show. Second Will Smith didn’t buy this role for him. God you people are a bunch of idiots. I hope you don’t have any kids. He was good in Pursuit of Happyness and Karate Kid, which proves he can act.