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Netflix announces the leads for Baz Luhrmann's musical series 'The Get Down'

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Netflix has announced the four young male leads who will be starring in Baz Luhrmann’s new musical drama, The Get Down. Newcomer TJ Brown, Justice Smith (Paper Towns), Shameik Moore (2015 Sundance hit Dope), and Skylan Brooks (The Inevitable Defeat of Mister & Pete) will play the teens running wild on the streets of the Bronx in the 1970s. 

“The characters these young actors play in The Get Down unwittingly become a band of brothers,” said Luhrmann in a release. “Any great group is always made up of distinctly different characters, and the actors we are privileged enough to invite into the roles of Ezekiel, Shaolin Fantastic, Boo-Boo and Ra-Ra all have the distinction of being from such diverse backgrounds—from performing in subways in the Bronx to the music scene of Atlanta and of course Los Angeles. I know they’re collectively on the beginning of a thrilling journey with a big story to tell.”

The 13-episode series 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 is set to direct the first two episodes and the finale. Catherine Martin, Paul Watters, Thomas Kelly, Stephen Adly Guirgis, Shawn Ryan and Marney Hochman will act as executive producers along with Luhrmann. The Get Down will debut in all Netflix territories in 2016.