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Jaden Smith cast in Baz Luhrmann's The Get Down

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Alex McDonell

Jaden Smith — who some know as a musician or the kid who likes to wear minimalist superhero costumes to classy events, but most recognize as Will Smith’s son — is the latest actor to join Baz Luhrmann’s upcoming Netflix musical drama, The Get Down

Smith will play Marcus “Dizzee” Kipling, a “psychedelically talented and enigmatic graffiti writer” raised in the Bronx.

“Recently, Jaden has been seeking diverse and challenging roles and this is a testament to his passion to grow in the craft,” Luhrmann said in a statement. “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 legedendary graffiti artist Lady Pink of Wild Style fame, as well as steeping himself in the history and culture of the Bronx.”

Smith’s previous credits include roles in The Pursuit of Happyness, The Day the Earth Stood Still, 2010’s The Karate Kid, and After Earth. This is his first major TV role, and he’ll be starring alongside Jimmy Smits, Herizen Guardiola, Justice Smith, Shameik Moore, Skylan Brooks, Tremaine Brown Jr., Yahya Abdul-Mateen, and Mamoudou Athie.

The Get Down, which takes place in the 1970s, will debut on Netflix in 2016.

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