Baz Luhrmann’s Netflix Show “The Get Down” Is A Big Slice Of Disco Pie

The ’70s haven’t looked this good in a while.

Baz Luhrmann’s Netflix Show “The Get Down” Is A Big Slice Of Disco Pie

WHAT: The first trailer for The Get Down, Baz Luhrmann’s forthcoming Netflix show, which premieres August 12 on the streaming service.

WHO: In addition to Luhrmann, the production team for The Get Down boasts a crazy-good list of names who know New York and street culture well: Grandmaster Flash, Nas, Pulitzer prize winner Stephen Adly Guirgis, and executive producer Catherine Martin. The cast mixes young, talented newcomers with a few big-name ringers like Giancarlo Esposito and Jimmy Smits.

WHY WE CARE: Netflix is on a hot streak this summer–between Stranger Things and Lady Dynamite, and new seasons of Orange Is The New Black and Bojack Horseman, it’s provided some good reasons to stay indoors during a heatwave, anyway. The Get Down looks to continue that trend with a prestige director like Luhrmann making the jump to TV, telling the sort of story–about a group of young black New Yorkers chasing their dreams in the Bronx in the late ’70s–that rarely gets told. Luhrmann’s always been adept at bringing music and cinema together in a way that few filmmakers have, which makes The Get Down seem like a perfect fit, and drawing on so many collaborators who can tell that story authentically should make for fascinating television. Like any Baz Luhrmann production, the project is high-risk/high-reward (it could be bad!), but either way, it’ll definitely be worth watching.

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Dan Solomon lives in Austin with his wife and his dog. He's written about music for MTV and Spin, sports for Sports Illustrated, and pop culture for Vulture and the AV Club.

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