Netflix today debuts the most expensive television show ever made, The Get Down, Baz Luhrmann’s drama charting the rise of hip-hop in New York in the late ’70s.
With colourful backdrops, faithful recreations of New York icons and big set pieces, the show is considered to be the most expensive ever made, with each of 12 episodes costing around US$10 million to make.
Luhrmann, who has big budget movies like Romeo + Juliet and Moulin Rouge! under his belt, reportedly spent 10 years developing the concept, before finding a home at Netflix.
The music-driven drama series (a genre Luhrmann is no stranger to), set against the backdrop of New York on the brink of bankruptcy, chronicles the rise of hip-hop and the last days of disco as told through the lives, music, art and dance of the South Bronx kids who would go on to change the face of music forever.
The cast of the The Get Down includes: Shameik Moore (Shaolin Fantastic), Justice Smith (Ezekiel “Books” Figuero), Herizen Guardiola (Mylene Cruz), Yahya Abdul-Mateen II (Cadillac), Jaden Smith (Dizzee Kipling), Skylan Brooks (Ra-Ra Kipling), Tremaine Brown Jr. (Boo Boo Kiping), Mamoudou Athie (Grandmaster Flash), Jimmy Smits (Francisco “Papa Fuerte” Cruz) and Giancarlo Esposito (Ramon Cruz).