Jaden Smith Lands Role in Netflix Music Drama ‘The Get Down’

Jaden Smith

Jaden Smith  has joined the cast of Baz Luhrmann’s upcoming Netflix musical drama, The Get Down.

The Netflix series follows a group of teenagers living in the South Bronx in the 1970s  attempting to make their way in the big city during the formative years of the hip hop scene. In the series, Jaden will star as Marcus “Dizzie” Kipling who is described as “a psychedelically talented and enigmatic graffiti writer raised in the South Bronx.”

16-year-old son of Will Smith and Jada Pinkett Smith is musically inclined and has a background in acting, making him a perfect choice for the musical drama.

“We as an audience have known Jaden since he was very young. Recently, Jaden has been seeking diverse and challenging roles and this is a testament to his passion to grow in the craft,” Luhrmann said in a statement to E! News. “In the short time he has joined our acting family, he 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.”

He added, “We’re all very happy with the casting of Jaden…The Kipling family cast is now complete.”

This will make Jaden’s first major role in a series, as he has mainly done feature films.

The cast in the series also includes Jimmy Smits, Herizen Guardiola, Justice Smith, Shameik Moore, Skylan Brooks, Tremaine Brown Jr., Yahya Abdul-Mateen and Mamoudou Athie.

The Get Down is slated for a 2016 release with the first season being comprised of 13 episodes.

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