Actor/musician Jaden Smith is the latest to join Baz Luhrmann’s planned Netflix musical drama “The Get Down,” joining Jimmy Smits, Herizen Guardiola, Justice Smith, Shameik Moore, Skylan Brooks and more.
Smith will play 18-year-old Marcus “Dizzee” Kipling, a “psychedelically talented and enigmatic graffiti writer” raised in the South Bronx in the series that will be set in ’70s The Bronx.
Luhrmann is quoted in the press release as saying, “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. 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. We’re all very happy with the casting of Jaden in the role of ‘Dizzee’ Kipling, and with his addition, the Kipling family cast is now complete.”
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