Netflix Original Series “The Get Down” Tells Story of Hip-Hop In ’70s-Era Bronx

Director Baz Luhrmann will be the next to take a stab at bringing a hit series to Netflix. The director famous for glitzy musicals like Romeo + Juliet (1996), Moulin Rouge! (2001), and The Great Gatsby (2013) has begun on the production of The Get Down, a series that focuses on the formative years of hip-hop in 1970s New York City.

The series will take a look at a moment in time where the city was at its worst and on the verge of a cultural Renaissance, with hip-hop, disco, and punk as the catalysts for its transformation.

The series will be 13 episodes long with Luhrmann directing the first two and the season finale, but he will remain on board as executive producer. The focus is the experiences of a group of South Bronx teenagers as they come into contact with everything from music, graffiti, b-boy culture, and the downtown club and art scenes.

To bring further authenticity to the show, Luhrmann has brought on Grandmaster Flash as an associate producer and advisor. The character of Grandmaster Flash will be played by actor Mamoudou Athie.

In addition, NYC born-and-bred actor Jimmy Smits will play the bad guy Francisco Cruz, also known on the show as “Papa Fuerte.”

Here’s what Luhrmann had to say to Deadline about bringing in Smits to play the role: “The Puerto Rican culture of the ’70s Bronx plays such a large role in the story we are telling that the character of Papa Fuerte had to be played by an actor who could bring experience, gravitas and authenticity to the role.”

“I know our entire cast is excited to have someone of Jimmy’s talent joining us on the journey we are undertaking. We are thrilled to have him on The Get Down.”

Look out for the series to hit Netflix in 2016.

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