Netflix Releases First Trailer for Baz Luhrmann's 'The Get Down'

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Netflix released the first trailer for Baz Luhrmann's "The Get Down." The original series will debut sometime in 2016. Netflix US & Canada/YouTube

The name Baz Luhrmann is everything to fans of Strictly Ballroom, the 1996 Romeo + Juliet, Moulin Rouge and, most recently, The Great Gatsby. Now, the man who co-wrote and directed all of the above is bringing his stylish sensibilities to the small screen for the first time.

On Wednesday, Netflix released the first trailer for Luhrmann's The Get Down, an original series slated for streaming sometime in 2016. The show "is a mythic saga of the transformation of 1970s New York City" and the birth of hip-hop, punk and disco, according to the trailer's description. The story is "told through the lives and music of a ragtag crew of South Bronx teens."

Luhrmann directs the first two episodes and the season finale of the show, which he developed with Shawn Ryan (The Shield, The Unit, Terriers). The two also serve as executive producers.

The Get Down's youthful cast includes Herizen Guardiola as Mylene Cruz, "a shining, tenacious girl with a voice from God who dreams of disco stardom from the confines of her family's fiercely religious church walls," along with Justice Smith (Paper Towns), Shameik Moore (Dope), Skylan Brooks (Southpaw), TJ Brown and Jaden Smith (The Pursuit of Happyness, The Karate Kid).

The trailer features some of the same vibrant and intricate visuals that have become synonymous with Luhrmann, but the setting is completely new. The soundtrack to the three-minute clip is like a medley reflecting the evolution of music of that era, changing tracks as the video flashes from scene to scene—from parties to parents to gunshots. About halfway through, two songs begin layering one on top of the other as the visuals hint at turbulent lives and teenage romance.

While subscribers wait for the release of The Get Down's 13 episodes, they can look forward to other previously revealed Netflix original premieres, including Degrassi: The Next Class (January 15), Chelsea Does (January 23), Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon: Sword Of Destiny (February 26) and Pee Wee's Big Holiday (March).

Wednesday saw more than one piece of Netflix news. Chief executive Reed Hastings announced during his keynote speech at the Consumer Electronics Show in Las Vegas that the company has launched its streaming services almost worldwide. The expansion covers 130 new countries, but does not yet include China, though Netflix is exploring the possibility of entering that market as well.

Netflix also announced an upcoming feature film starring Ricky Gervais and Eric Bana. Special Correspondents follows a struggling radio journalist who fakes front-line war reports from a hideout above a Spanish restaurant in Queens. The movie is scheduled for release on the streaming platform on April 29.

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