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Netflix’s ‘The Getdown’ Directed by Baz Luhrman Has Found Its Female Lead

Netflix's 'The Getdown' Directed by Baz Luhrman Has Found Its Female Lead

Newcomer Herizen Guardiola has been cast as the female lead in Baz Luhrmann’s Netflix Original Series “The Get Down,” which is set to debut in 2016.
Making her acting debut, Guardiola will star as Mylene Cruz, described as a shining, tenacious girl with a voice from God who dreams of disco stardom from the confines of her family’s fiercely religious church walls.
Says Luhrmann, “So many really talented actors were seen to play the lead female role of Mylene Cruz, daughter of Reverend Ramon Cruz and niece of Papa Filipe Fuerte Cruz in ‘The Get Down.’ It’s always thrilling to find a fresh unknown talent, particularly one who is not only a terrific actor but a magnificent vocalist. The entire ‘The Get Down’ team welcome Herizen Guardiola into our story.”
The actress joins previously announced starring cast members, Justice Smith (as Ezekiel), Shameik Moore (as Shaolin Fantastic), Skylan Brooks (Ra Ra) and Tremaine Brown, Jr. (Boo Boo) – photo below.

‘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.

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