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Baz Luhrmann's gritty Netflix Bronx music drama The Get Down unveiled in trailer

Netflix has released the trailer for Baz Luhrmann's 1970s Bronx music drama The Get Down, which is shaping up to be some of the Australia director's finest work.

Coming soon to Netflix: Baz Luhrmann's new musical drama, The Get Down.
Coming soon to Netflix: Baz Luhrmann's new musical drama, The Get Down. Photo: Netflix/Baz Luhrmann

Luhrmann, best known for movies such as The Great Gatsby, Moulin Rouge and Strictly Ballroom, spent more than 10 years developing the series which will be his first foray into television.

The Get Down centres on a group of black teenagers in one of New York's hardest-hit suburbs, and is set amid the explosion of the hip-hop scene in the 1970s.

Baz Luhrmann, pictured here in Melbourne in 2014, has been working on the project for 10 years.
Baz Luhrmann, pictured here in Melbourne in 2014, has been working on the project for 10 years. Photo: Justin McManus

Speaking to Variety, the Australian-born director said the project, which will air sometime in 2016, had been a long time in the making and described Netflix as the perfect fit.

"In this golden era of TV, the Netflix culture puts no constraint on creative possibilities," Luhrmann said. "So it is a natural home for The Get Down, a project I have been contemplating and working on now for over 10 years."

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"I've been obsessed with the idea of how a city in its lowest moment, forgotten and half destroyed, could give birth to such creativity and originality in music, art and culture," he said.

Luhrmann's Oscar-winning costume designer wife, Catherine Martin, will also work on the project.

The 13-episode series has been described as "a mythic saga of how New York at the brink of bankruptcy gave birth to hip-hop, punk and disco".

Will Smith's son Jaden Smith has been cast as one of the lead characters.

Early impressions indicate it will be very similar to 2015 breakout series Empire, which follows a family as they battle for control of their hip hop and entertainment company.

In February, 52-year-old Luhrmann signed a deal with Sony Records to start his own music label, Bazmark, which would be home to his hugely successful soundtracks.