'Moulin Rouge!' director Baz Luhrmann created the series and Nas is an executive producer
Netflix has released the main trailer for The Get Down, the forthcoming drama series about the birth of hip-hop in New York City from Moulin Rouge! and Romeo + Juliet director Baz Luhrmann.
The show’s cast includes Jaden Smith as a graffiti artist called Marcus “Dizzee” Kipling and newcomer Mamoudou Athie as hip-hop pioneer Grandmaster Flash. Former Sons Of Anarchy actor Jimmy Smits appears as a South Bronx political boss called Francisco “Papa Fuerte” Cruz.
The real-life Grandmaster Flash serves as an associate producer on the series, while Nas is an executive producer and has written rhymes for the series. Luhrmann has called the rapper “a huge creative force on the production”.
The show’s official synopsis teases: “The Get Down is a mythic saga of how New York at the brink of bankruptcy gave birth to a new art form. Set in New York in 1977, this music-driven drama series chronicles the rise of hip-hop and the last days of disco – told through the lives, music, art and dance of the South Bronx kids who would change the world forever.”
The first six episodes of The Get Down will launch on Netflix on August 12, with a further seven episodes to follow at a later date.
Nas has joined director Baz Luhrmann’s forthcoming Netflix show The Get Down, about the birth of hip-hop in New York.
During a panel at the Tribeca Film Festival in New York City, Luhrmann, who is perhaps most famous for his production of Moulin Rouge described the rapper as “one of the most iconic voices of the 1990s”.
He said: “One of the great collaborations is that I’ve been working really closely in creating these rhymes, and he’s a producer on the film, with one of the most iconic voices of the 1990s and that’s Nas. And so Nas has been this other huge creative force in the production. And it’s been playing really, really successfully.
“One of the things which I don’t think anyone knows, because it’s not in the trailers — and we’ve been doing this for about a year now — is that one of the characters goes on and we discover that he’s actually a successful rap star in the 1990s, and he narrates it through rhyme, through rap.”
The Get Down is due to feature Jaden Smith, and will depict the very beginnings of hip-hop at the height of the disco craze in the 1970s. The trailer is below:
Grandmaster Flash, who is being played in the show by Mamoudou Athie, is also on board as a producer on the show. The cast that already includes former Sons Of Anarchy/L.A. Law star Jimmy Smits and up-and-coming young actors Herizen Guardiola, Justice Smith, Shameik Moore, and Yahya Abdul-Mateen.
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The Get Down debuts on Netflix on 12 August.