Baz Luhrmann will direct singer-songwriter Herizen Guardiola in the lead role of his upcoming Netflix drama “The Get Down”.
Guardiola will make her acting debut on the project about teens coming of age in 1970s New York.
She joins Justice Smith, Shameik Moore, Skylan Brooks and Tremaine Brown Jr. in the show which will air in 2016.
In the music-driven drama, Guardiola will play 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.”
“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. The entire ‘The Get Down’ team welcome Herizen Guardiola into our story.”
Luhrmann will direct the first two episodes and the season finale of the 13-ep season. He will also exec produce with Catherine Martin, Paul Watters, Thomas Kelly, Stephen Adly Guirgis, Shawn Ryan and Marney Hochman.