Baz Luhrmann's New Hip Hop Drama Just Cast Four Leads

If you loved Empire and can’t wait for more “music-driven” TV, you’re in luck. While Cookie and the gang (mostly Cookie, though; she is the best) won’t be returning to your screens as soon as you’d like, Baz Luhrmann’s new Netflix series about four kids in the Bronx just cast the main leads.


Deadline reports that the series, titled The Get Down, will star TJ Brown, Justice Smith, Shameik Moore and Skylan Brooks as a crew of kids just trying to get by with no one but each other for support.

Here’s Deadline’s description of the show:

The Get Down is set in 1970s New York City – broken down and beaten up, violent, cash strapped, dying. Consigned to rubble, the crew is armed only with verbal games, improvised dance steps and some magic markers and spray cans. From Bronx tenements, to the SoHo art scene; from CBGB to Studio 54 and even the glass towers of the just-built World Trade Center, the series is a mythic saga of how New York at the brink of bankruptcy gave birth to hip-hop, punk and disco — told through the lives and music of the South Bronx kids who changed the city, and the world, forever.

Luhrmann will direct three episodes of the 13-episode show, which will be available on Netflix in 2016.


Baz Lurhmann is the king of empty aestheticism. I don’t trust him one bit.