Baz Luhrmann, the director behind classics like Romeo + Juliet and Moulin Rouge!, and more recently 2013’s extravagant The Great Gatsby adaptation, has been working on the concept for a drama about New York’s music scene in the late ’70s for ten years.
In February 2015, Netflix ordered the show and now we have the first trailer, a three-minute-long explosion of colors and music. The show is called The Get Down, and is described as, “a mythic saga of how New York at the brink of bankruptcy gave birth to hip-hop, punk and disco.” It follows a group of creative teenagers in the South Bronx as they navigate the streets and follow their dreams.
Justice Smith and Shameik More have central roles, while Jaden Smith, Skylan Brooks, and Tremaine Browne Jr. play three brothers. Herizen Guardiola also stars as a young girl who dreams of becoming a disco star against the wishes of her religious conservative parents.
Talking to Entertainment Weekly, Luhrmann explained, “Throughout, I’ve been obsessed with the idea of how a city in its lowest moment, forgotten and half destroyed, could give birth to such creativity and originality in music, art and culture.” From the looks of the trailer and the cast, The Get Down could be one of 2016’s must-watch TV shows.
Check out the trailer above.