Get ready for more of “The Get Down.” The Netflix series created by Australian filmmaker Baz Luhrmann (“Moulin Rouge,” “The Great Gatsby”) is set to return on Friday, April 7, for its next six episodes. The series premiered its first six episodes last August 12.
“The Get Down” is set in the late 1970s in the South Bronx, where hip-hop music was in its infancy and beginning to take hold as disco was on the wane. 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 Figuero (Justice Smith). We meet 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.