Relative newcomer (to the screen), Yahya Abdul-Mateen II, has joined the cast of Baz Luhrmann’s Netflix musical drama, “The Get Down.” Abdul-Mateen will play a character named Cadillac, who is described as “a fly gangster and prince of the disco world, who’s the owner and proprietor of the most notorious after-hours night spot in the Bronx.”
Abdul-Mateen is a recent graduate from the Yale School of Drama. His credits include “King Lear” at the Public Theater’s Shakespeare in the Park in 2014.
And previously announced, Mamoudou Athie has been cast to play Grandmaster Flash in the series. Athie, 27, is also a reent graduate of the Yale School of Drama, and made his stage debut this past season opposite Diane Lane and Tony Shalhoub in the Lincoln Center production of “The Mystery of Love and Sex.”
“The story of The Get Down is so much about unexpected creativity born of a new generation. So, it’s equally exciting that we are discovering so many, as yet, unknown talents and are able to place them in such significant roles. From 14-year-old Tremaine Brown, Jr. who hails from the Bronx, to a recent Yale graduate in the acting world Yahya Abdul-Mateen II, who will be playing a prince of the disco floor and somewhat kingpin of the underworld. It was a role highly contested, and all of us in The Get Down company are excited to have this gifted young actor join us,” said Luhrmann.
The real Grandmaster Flash has also jumped on board to serve as associate producer and advisor on the series.
Previously announced cast members include Justice Smith, Shameik Moore, Skylan Brooks, Tremaine Brown, Jr., Herizen Guardiola and Jimmy Smits.