The First Trailer For ‘The Get Down’ Will Give You Chills

By Sameer Rao Jan 07, 2016

Although there’s still no premiere date for "The Get Down," an electric new trailer gives us a sense that the upcoming Netflix series packs a serious emotional punch. 

The series focuses on a group of South Bronx teens in the 1970s who fall under the tutelage of Grandmaster Flash as what becomes hip-hop takes shape. The first trailer, which you can see above, features stunning music and dance sequences interspersed with striking images of gun violence and buildings burning—reminiscent of the turmoil affecting New York at the dawn of the Reagan era. Its emotional intensity and color-saturated visuals are a signature of series director Baz Luhrmann ("Romeo + Juliet," "Moulin Rouge!"). 

"The Get Down" stars Jaden Smith, Shameik Moore ("Dope"), Justice Smith ("Paper Towns"), Giancarlo Esposito and Jimmy Smits, among others. The 13-episode series will premiere later in 2016. 

(H/t The A.V. Club