9:57am PT by Lesley Goldberg
Netflix Releases First Looks at Hip-Hop Drama 'The Get Down,' Royal Series 'The Crown'
Netflix used the annual Consumer Electronics Show to showcase two of its most high-profile upcoming dramas: The Get Down and The Crown.
The Get Down will focus on 1970s New York — broken down and beaten up, violent, cash strapped, dying. Consigned to rubble, a rag-tag crew of South Bronx teenagers are nothings and nobodies with no one to shelter them — except each other, armed only with verbal games, improvised dance steps, some magic markers and spray cans. From Bronx tenements to the SoHo art scene; from CBGBs to Studio 54 and even the glass towers of the just-built World Trade Center, The Get Down 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.
Baz Luhrmann will make his television series debut and will helm the first two episodes as well as the series finale and will executive produce alongside Emmy nominee Shawn Ryan (The Shield, Terriers). Academy Award winner Catherine Martin (Luhrmann's The Great Gatsby and Moulin Rouge!) will serve as costume and production designer. She joins fellow executive producers Paul Watters (Australia), Thomas Kelly (Copper), playwright Stephen Adley Guirgis (The Motherf***er With the Hat) and Marney Hochman (Terriers). The Get Down is Luhrmann's first musical endeavor since Moulin Rouge!; it will premiere in all territories in 2016. Grandmaster Flash will serve as an associate producer and adviser on the drama.
Watch the sizzle reel below:
The Crown, meanwhile, is from Academy Award nominees Peter Morgan (The Queen, Frost/Nixon) and Stephen Daldry (Billy Elliot, The Hours) and inspired by the play The Audience.
The play, which bowed in 2013, centers on the weekly audiences given by Queen Elizabeth II to prime ministers that date from her accession in 1952 to the present day. Helen Mirren starred as Queen Elizabeth II, marking her second time in the role after she won the Oscar for the part in Morgan's 2006 feature The Queen.
The Crown tells the inside story of two of the most famous addresses in the world — Buckingham Palace and 10 Downing Street — as well as the intrigues, love lives and machinations behind the great events that shaped the second half of the 20th century.
Watch the clip, below.