So far, Netflix has tackled politicians in Washington, D.C., Aziz Ansari’s quest for love and more in New York City, the drug war in Colombia, the plight of superheroes in Hell’s Kitchen, and family drama in south Florida. Now the streaming service is asking the question: What’s the get down?
From the ever colorful director Baz Luhrmann, whose previous work includes The Great Gatsby, Romeo + Juliet and Moulin Rouge, The Get Down is about New York in the 1970s. And before you ask, based on the trailer that was released on Wednesday, it’s not the New York of the 1970s featured in the new HBO show, Vinyl. Although who really knows at this point — seeing as how we’re making assumptions based on two-minute clips.
The Get Down is about a group of young people, mostly African-Americans and Latinos, grabbing at the first few threads of what would become hip-hop and running, or in some cases, dancing their asses off to it. The show features a healthy amount of unknown actors, but highlighted by philosopher/musician/model/temple builder Jaden Smith and Shameik Moore of Dope, as well as Jimmy Smits and Giancarlo Esposito. Disco, turntables, afros and Grandmaster Flash all make appearances in the clip which Netflix aired during a presentation at the CES tech show in Las Vegas.
The show is set to debut later this year.