Our first look at Baz Luhrmann's take on the Bronx in 1977 was pretty music-centric, which is fitting given it takes place during the days between disco's death knell and the birth of hip-hop. But in this new trailer for his upcoming Netflix series, The Get Down, we get a better look at the characters and their storylines. The series aims to show the birth of hip-hop, as "a mythic saga of how New York at the brink of bankruptcy gave birth to a new art form," and will do so through a cast of characters including two South Bronx high schoolers and Grandmaster Flash.
The first six episodes of the show come out August 12th (with more rolling out next year), and it already looks better than Vinyl.
The main players you're seeing are Shameik Moore (Shaolin Fantastic), Justice Smith (Ezekiel “Books” Figuero), Herizen Guardiola (Mylene Cruz), Yahya Abdul-Mateen II (Cadillac), Jaden Smith (Dizzee Kipling), Skylan Brooks (Ra Ra Kipling), Tremaine Brown Jr. (Boo Boo Kiping), Mamoudou Athie (Grandmaster Flash), Jimmy Smits (Francisco “Papa Fuerte” Cruz) and Giancarlo Esposito (Ramon Cruz).