The four young male leads of Baz Luhrmann’s new Netflix original series “The Get Down” have been announced. Set in 1970s New York City, a rag-tag crew of South Bronx teenagers are nothings and nobodies in a city on the brink of bankruptcy – but one that gave birth to hip-hop, punk and disco.
The characters include: Newcomer TJ Brown as mechanically-minded 14-year old ‘Boo-Boo’, Justice Smith (“Paper Towns”) as a resourceful teen with untapped talent named ‘Ezekiel’, Shameik Moore (“Dope”) as the enigmatic and unpredictable street kid ‘Shaolin Fantastic’, and Skyline Brooks (“Southpaw”) as protective friend and brother ‘Ra-Ra’
In a statement, Luhrmann says: “The characters these young actors play in ‘The Get Down’ unwittingly become a band of brothers. Any great group is always made up of distinctly different characters, and the actors we are privileged enough to invite into the roles of Ezekiel, Shaolin Fantastic, Boo-Boo and Ra-Ra all have the distinction of being from such diverse backgrounds – from performing in subways in the Bronx to the music scene of Atlanta and of course Los Angeles. I know they’re collectively on the beginning of a thrilling journey with a big story to tell.”
Luhrmann will direct the first two episodes and the season finale and serve as executive producer. Catherine Martin, Paul Watters, Thomas Kelly, Stephen Adly Guirgis, Shawn Ryan and Marney Hochman are set to executive produce the music-driven series which will premiere all thirteen episodes in all Netflix territories in 2016.