Because we’re not already addicted to Netflix (insert sarcasm here), now comes a new show from Baz Luhrmann called ‘The Get Down’. You might remember him from the musical hit ‘Moulin Rouge!’ and ‘Romeo and Juliet’. The new show is set to take place in the Bronx, New York during the 1970s. And if you know your history, you’d know that is the exact time and place when hip hop was born. Indicating to me that we’re going to see a lot of early hip hop influences in this show, such as the four foundations of break dancing, graffiti, MCing and DJing.
The show follows four teenaged boys as they navigate themselves through the concrete jungle that is NYC, using their bravado and wit. All while a soundtrack plays for us, highlighting the musical rawness of that era that came directly from the streets.
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 show is expected to air in 2016.