Baz Luhrmann (Moulin Rouge!, The Great Gatsby), is working on a new series for Netflix. The Get Down is about the music scene In New York City in the 1970’s and the birth of the Hip-Hop movement. Luhrmann is known for infusing his films with intense music, it often becomes a central component to the film flow. For the new series Luhrmann is joining forces with hip-hop icon Grandmaster Flash and is hoping to find new talent to create original music.
“I’m working with a great variety, but the exciting thing for me musically is I’m not only working with a lot of the old masters like Flash and Curtis Blow, who are contributing musically, but Flash is actually in it. One of the characters is this kid called Grandmaster Flash, who can do this extraordinary thing. Our fictitious characters weave through New York in ’77, ’78, and ’79, and although it’s a coming of age for them, they do pass through very important historical things that happened, and one of the big things I wanted to make sure that happens is that we pay acknowledgment to those veterans and forefathers who really generated the beginnings of this cultural force that would go on and change New York and the world. And no one had any idea it was going to happen.” (Baz Luhrmann to Vulture)
One of the sources that the television show creators are using to find authentic, un-trained musicians to mimic the raw talent of NYC in that era is an open casting call.
The show is slated to premiere in 2016.