What do Moulin Rouge, The Great Gatsby, and Romeo + Juliet have in common? The answer is Australian director Baz Luhrmann, who now has his sights set on a hip-hop drama series that was ten years in the making. The Get Down is set to premiere exclusively on Netflix in 2016, and will run for 13 episodes. Luhrmann fans have been buzzing ever since the announcement was made, but what is Luhrmann’s debut television project actually about?
For starters, we know that the setting is a seedy and run-down Bronx in the 1970s. One can imagine that this part of New York City – especially during the turbulent era – will provide the perfect backdrop for a compelling urban drama. Luhrmann also stated that the story will roam around New York City, exploring SoHo, the World Trade Center, and other landmark locations.
The four lead characters are streetwise and adept at surviving within the city. One character, Boo-Boo, is a 14-year-old dancer with an inclination for anything mechanical. The next, Ezekiel, is an older teen with a heart of gold. Shaolin Fantastic is the third character, described as “unpredictable, enigmatic … [and] eccentric.” The final character, Ra-Ra, is a strong and loyal brother figure.
Little is known about the actual content of the storyline, but Luhrmann himself described it as “a mythic saga of how New York at the brink of bankruptcy gave birth to hip-hop, punk and disco.” While this will likely leave most fans starving for more, it proves one thing: Luhrmann is a master of building suspense.
Start practicing your dance moves now, because The Get Down hits the virtual streets next year.
Watch a short teaser from Netflix below: