Baz Luhrmann’s ‘The Get Down’ Casts Newcomer as Leading Lady


Baz Luhrmann’s first TV series, The Get Down, has found its leading lady, rounding out the cast for the Netflix musical drama.

18-year-old singer/songwriter Herizen Guardiola is set to star as Mylene Cruz, a shining, tenacious girl with a voice from God who dreams of disco stardom from the confines of her family’s fiercely religious church walls. Herizen will make her acting debut in The Get Down.

Here’s a description of the series, per Netflix:

The Get Down will focus on 1970s New York City – 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.

The show’s previously announced male leads are Justice Smith (“Ezekiel”), Shameik Moore (“Shaolin Fantastic”), Skylan Brooks (“Ra Ra”) and Tremaine Brown, Jr. (“Boo Boo”).

Click to see Guardiola’s first promo photo:

The Get Down is set to debut on Netflix in 2016.

Photo Credit: Netflix/Instagram

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