The Get Down is ready to spin again. The Baz Luhrmann and Stephen Adly Guirgis-hatched hip-hop musical drama will return to Netflix on April 7. And now we have a trailer for the second season of the cinematic take on the birth of the genre, featuring an All-Star cast including Jimmy Smits, Giancarlo Esposito, Shameik Moore, Justice Smith and Nas, who is an executive producer of the show (and ghostwriter of the series’ iconic original raps). Rap legend Grandmaster Flash served as one of the show’s associate producers.
In typically glossy Lurhmann fashion, the 15-second trailer is full of what look like over-the-top showpiece moments, featuring budding singing star Mylene Cruz (actress Herizen Guardiola), the Get Down crew — sensitive rhyme writer Ezekiel “Books” Figuero (Justice Smith), ninja-like leader Shaolin Fantastic (Moore) and brothers Ra-Ra (Skylan Brooks), “Dizzee” (Jaden Smith) and Boo-Boo Kipling (T.J. Brown Jr.) — as well as Mylene’s always-worried Pentacostal preacher pops (Esposito).
The clip showcases performance pieces, a wild motorcycle sequence and shots of Moore working the wheels of steel, all with a bit of typical Get Down hype voiceover: “Party people in the place, you’re about to witness something from the Get Down… that you never seen before!”
It ends with Moore promising, “We’re gonna take our music from minor to major league.”
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— Netflix US (@netflix) February 23, 2017
The lavish-looking series premiered last August with a six-episode arc. According to Deadline, the second season takes place in 1978, as disco rules and the as-yet-unnamed genre being birthed by the heroes starts to bubble up. It finds Mylene and Books caught in the “looming cultural revolution… Amidst the backdrop of a bankrupt New York City, ruthless gangsters and money-hungry record label bosses, they discover it’s only their creativity and love that will carry them through – and that they’ll sacrifice everything for their music, and each other.”