Baz Luhrmann has brought us many a visual treat over the years. From Romeo and Juliet to Moulin Rouge and The Great Gatsby, we’ve been enthralled and entertained in equal parts by spectacular musical numbers and hopeless love stories, but now the Australian director is bringing his magic to our new best friend: Netflix.
We’ve known this has been in the works for a while, but the details have been vague. We knew that it was going to be based in New York in the 1970s, focusing on the birth of hip hop, disco and punk music, and just that description alone had us excited. But our excitement levels have reached an all-time high thanks to the first trailer, which has just been released.
We’re already hooked. If the soundtrack alone doesn’t make you want to watch every single episode in one sitting, then we don’t know what will. As well as some familiar tunes, there’s also plenty of all-new music that’s instantly captivating, particularly when sung by newcomer Herizen Guardiola who plays Mylene Cruz, a girl trying to get out of the Bronx and make it big as a singing sensation.
As well as a host of other upcoming actors, including Justice Smith who plays Ezekiel, one of the main players, there are some familiar faces. The eagle eyed among you might spot Jaden Smith in the trailer. Yep, that Jaden Smith. The 17-year old plays Marcus “Dizzee” Kipling, a graffiti artist born and raised in the South Bronx (where most of the action is set). Other famous faces include Giancarlo Esposito (you’ll recognise him from Breaking Bad) and Jimmy Smits, who has starred in hits such as Dexter, Star Wars and Sons of Anarchy.
The bad news is that as yet, there is no specific release date. All we know is that Luhrmann’s first foray into TV will hit Netflix sometime this year. We can only hope that we’ve finished watching Making A Murderer by that time.