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Giancarlo Esposito Joins Cast of Netflix’s Period Music-Driven Drama, ‘The Get Down’

Giancarlo Esposito Joins Cast of Netflix's Period Music-Driven Drama, 'The Get Down'

Giancarlo Esposito has joined the cast of Baz Luhrmann’s music-driven Netflix drama, “The Get Down” – the 1970s series set in New York City during the birth of hip-hop, punk and disco.

Per The Hollywood Reporter, Esposito will play Pastor Ramon Cruz (the brother of Jimmy Smits’ character), who is described as the charismatic head of the local Pentecostal church that attracts a flock of followers with his fiery sermons and leadership. His daughter Mylene (played by newcomer Herizen Guardiola) dreams of disco stardom, which puts her at odds with papa.

Previously announced cast members include Justice Smith (playing “Ezekiel”), Shameik Moore (as “Shaolin Fantastic”), Skylan Brooks (as “Ra Ra”), Tremaine Brown, Jr. (as “Boo Boo”), Herizen Guardiola (“Mylene Cruz”), Yahya Abdul-Mateen (“Cadillac”), Mamoudou Athie (“Grandmaster Flash”), and of course Jimmy Smits (“Francisco Cruz” aka “Papa Fuerte”). 

“The Get Down” will focus on 1970s New York City – broken down and beaten up, violent, cash strapped – dying. Consigned to rubble, a rag-tag crew of South Bronx teenagers are nothings and nobodies with no one to shelter them – except each other, armed only with verbal games, improvised dance steps, some magic markers and spray cans. From Bronx tenements, to the SoHo art scene; from CBGBs to Studio 54 and even the glass towers of the just-built World Trade Center, “The Get Down” is a 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 is directing, and serving as executive producer.

The 13-episode first season of the series, expected to premiere in 2016 on Netflix, is also executive produced by Catherine Martin, Paul Watters, Thomas Kelly, Stephen Adly Guirgis, Shawn Ryan and Marney Hochman.

I’m actually very curious about this one…

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