by Denise Petski | Deadline Hollywood

Newcomer Yahya Abdul-Mateen II has been cast in The Get Down, Baz Luhrmann’s music-driven drama for Netflix. Set in 1970s New York City, the series 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. Abdul-Mateen will play Cadillac, a fly gangster and prince of the disco world who’s the owner and proprietor of the most notorious after-hours night spot in the Bronx. Abdul-Mateen joins previously announced cast members Jimmy Smits, Herizen Guardiola, Justice Smith, Shameik Moore, Skylan Brooks, Tremaine Brown Jr. and Mamoudou Athie.

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