Jaden Smith Joins Cast of Netflix’s ‘The Get Down’
Jaden Smith Joins Cast of Netflix's 'The Get Down'
Actor and musician, and Kant for the millenials, Mr Jaden Smith has joined the cast of Baz Luhrmann’s music-driven Netflix
drama, “The Get Down” – the 1970s Bronx series – in the role of Marcus “Dizzee” Kipling, an 18-year-old who’s described as a psychedelically talented and enigmatic graffiti writer raised in the South Bronx.
Said Luhrmann, “We as an audience have known Jaden since he was very young. Recently, Jaden has been seeking diverse and challenging roles and this is a testament to his passion to grow in the craft. In the short time he has joined our acting family, he has begun developing his ‘The Get Down’ skill set, even taking lessons from the legendary graffiti artist Lady Pink of ‘Wild Style’ fame, as well as steeping himself in the history and culture of the Bronx. We’re all very happy with the casting of Jaden in the role of ‘Dizzee’ Kipling, and with his addition, the Kipling family cast is now complete.”
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 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 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 the first 2 episodes and the season finale, and serve as executive producer.
The series is also executive produced by Catherine Martin, Paul Watters, Thomas Kelly, Stephen Adly Guirgis, Shawn Ryan and Marney Hochman.