The Get Down: Meet the characters

Taryn Davies
Published: August 8, 2016

The Get Down is a brand new Netflix original series which premieres this week, so what better time to meet the characters?

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

The Get Down: Meet the characters

L-R Skylan Brooks, Tremaine Brown Jr., Shameik Moore, Justice Smith, and Jaden Smith

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.

The Get Down: Meet the characters

L-R Jimmy Smits and Herizen F. Gaurdiola

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.

The Get Down: Meet the characters

L-R Skylan Brooks, Justice Smith, Tremaine Brown Jr., Shameik Moore, Jaden Smith

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: Meet the characters

L-R Shyrley Rodriguez, Stefanée Martin, Herizen F. Guardiola

The Get Down will be available from August 12 on Netflix