The Get Down, Baz Luhrmann's upcoming Netflix musical drama set in '70s New York, has a new cast member: Jaden Smith. The actor and musician will play Marcus "Dizzee" Kipling, reports Deadline, which describes the character as "a psychedelically talented and enigmatic graffiti writer raised in the South Bronx."
Luhrmann managed to turn the world of Australian ballroom dancing into a cutthroat nightmare with his excellent debut feature Strictly Ballroom back in 1992, so The Get Down's more obviously dynamic theme could prove fertile ground. Then again, the director's more recent movies like Australia and The Great Gatsby have tended toward overwrought excess, by all accounts, so this could really go either way.
Jaden Smith, meanwhile, has appeared in movies like The Pursuit of Happyness and After Earth alongside his dad Will, but is perhaps equally renowned for his amazing, unorthodox Twitter game.
How Can Mirrors Be Real If Our Eyes Aren't Real— Jaden Smith (@officialjaden) May 2, 2013
Smith "has begun developing his The Get Down skill set, even taking lessons from the legendary graffiti artist Lady Pink of 'Wild Style' fame, as well as steeping himself in the history and culture of the Bronx," according to Luhrmann. The Get Down is set to hit Netflix next year; you can watch a teaser trailer (of sorts) below.