Baz Luhrmann turns his attention to Netflix with The Get Down, a series in which he produces as well as directs the first two episodes and the season finale.
Focusing on six kids and set in New York in the seventies, the series sees them battle through their community which is rife with poverty and violence, and turn to music and dance as a means of escapism.
- Meet The Get Down characters
- Shameik Moore as Shaolin Fantastic
- Jimmy Smits as Franciso ‘Papa Fuerte’ Cruz
- Skylan Brooks as Ronald ‘Ra-Ra’ Kipling
- Tremaine Brown Jr. as Miles ‘Boo Boo’ Kipling
- Yahya Abdul-Mateen II as Cadillac
- Herizen Guardiola as Mylene Cruz
- Justice Smith as Ezekial ‘Books’ Figeuro
- Jaden Smith as Marcus ‘Dizzee’ Kipling
- Stefanee Martin as Yolanda Kipling
Meet The Get Down characters
Shameik Moore as Shaolin Fantastic
Shaolin ‘Shao’ Fantastic is the ultimate cool guy, he comes across as a bit of a loner and has a reckless streak. But beneath his boldness he really wants love and family.
Jimmy Smits as Franciso ‘Papa Fuerte’ Cruz
Papa Fuerte works for the Community Multi-Services centre and uses this to his political benefit. Befriending the mayor ensures he can guarantee that The South Bronx sees the benefits, as well as family too, as he aids his niece with her singing dreams.
Skylan Brooks as Ronald ‘Ra-Ra’ Kipling
Ra-Ra Kipling is loyal and protective, he definitely is the Kipling sibling that has his head screwed on straight.
Tremaine Brown Jr. as Miles ‘Boo Boo’ Kipling
Boo Boo Kipling is the youngest Kipling with plenty of energy to burn.
The actor, Tremaine Brown Jr, was discovered on the NYC subway. The 14-year-old dancer, rapper and actor would hone his skills on the subway, and it was there he was discovered by the casting director for The Get Down.
Yahya Abdul-Mateen II as Cadillac
Cadillac has a lot to live up to, his mum is the South Bronx heroin Queenpin, Fat Annie, and he has plenty of insecurities because of it. He's quite unpredictable and believes he has a lot to prove.
Herizen Guardiola as Mylene Cruz
Mylene comes from a respected family within the community, and she has big dreams of a music career. She's struggling between her family's strict values and wanting to follow her dreams.
Justice Smith as Ezekial ‘Books’ Figeuro
Books is quick witted, extremely clever, and excellent rapper. He's got plenty of charm, but is it enough to secure the girl of his dreams, Mylene.
Jaden Smith as Marcus ‘Dizzee’ Kipling
The eldest Kipling brother is Dizzee, he's observant and expresses himself through graffiti and art. He wants to life his life to the full, and sometimes that means being a little dangerous.
Stefanee Martin as Yolanda Kipling
Yolanda is the only daughter in the Kipling family, and she definitely manages to hold her own against the boys.
The Get Down will be available from August 12 on Netflix