“If making something of myself means losing myself, then what am I making?” asks Zeke Figuero (Justice Smith) in the new official trailer for “The Get Down,” which was released on March 9. The series aired six episodes on Netflix last summer, and it’s returning for another six episodes this spring. “Part II” starts streaming April 7, and judging from the new trailer it will continue to explore conflicts between hip-hop and disco, love and career, and family and freedom. Watch the new trailer above, and check out the new key art at the bottom of this post.
Created by Oscar nominee Baz Luhrmann (“Moulin Rouge,” “The Great Gatsby”), “The Get Down” is set in the late 1970s in the South Bronx, where hip-hop music was just starting to take hold. The story follows a group of Bronx teens who become involved in the music scene, and lending the show its sense of authenticity is the contribution of Grammy nominated rapper and executive producer Nas, who also narrates the series as an adult version of lead character Zeke. We met Zeke in high school when he was a precocious teenage poet in love with his friend Mylene (Herizen F. Guardiola), who harbors her own dreams of music stardom.
“The Get Down” rivals and likely even exceeds another Netflix series, “The Crown,” for sheer cost. The series is visually and stylistically ambitious — Luhrmann’s wife Catherine Martin is a four-time Oscar winning costume and production designer and also serves as an executive producer — and it has reportedly cost the streaming service $16 million per episode, for a grand total of nearly $200 million.
Are you looking forward to getting “Down” again in April? Watch the new trailer above, check out the key art below, and discuss this and more with fellow TV fans in our forums.
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