Herizen Guardiola will make her acting debut in The Get Down, Netflix’s original series from Baz Luhurman. The 18-year-old singer-songwriter will topline the music-driven drama that revolves around a ragtag crew of South Bronx teenagers who are wild in the streets — nothings and nobodies with no one to shelter them, except one another. Tremaine Brown Jr., Justice Smith, Shameik Moore and Skylan Brooks were already cast in the series, which is set for 13 episodes to debut in 2016.
“So many really talented actors were seen to play the lead female role of Mylene Cruz, daughter of Reverend Ramon Cruz and niece of Papa Filipe Fuerte Cruz in The Get Down,” Luhrmann said. “It’s always thrilling to find a fresh unknown talent, particularly one who is not only a terrific actor but a magnificent vocalist.”
Catherine Martin, Paul Watters, Thomas Kelly, Stephen Adly Guirgis, Shawn Ryan and Marney Hochman will exec produce along with Luhrmann, who will also direct the first two episodes and the season finale.
The Get Down is set in 1970s New York City, and is a mythic saga of how New York at the brink of bankruptcy gave birth to hip-hop, punk and disco — told through the lives and music of the South Bronx kids who changed the city, and the world, forever.