Netflix has set an April 7 premiere date for part 2 of its music-driven 1970s-set drama series, “The Get Down,” which picks up a year after the mid-season finale, in 1978, and finds young lovers Zeke (Justice Smith) and Mylene (Herizen Guardiola) caught in the middle of a cultural revolution as hip-hop’s rise continues. The pair will continue to pursue their dreams against a fraught backdrop that includes a bankrupt New York City, ruthless gangsters, and money-hungry record label execs.
Other cast members include Shameik Moore (as “Shaolin Fantastic”), Skylan Brooks (as “Ra Ra”), Tremaine Brown, Jr. (as “Boo Boo”), Yahya Abdul-Mateen (“Cadillac”), Mamoudou Athie (“Grandmaster Flash”), Jimmy Smits (“Francisco Cruz” aka “Papa Fuerte”) and Jaden Smith (Marcus “Dizzee” Kipling).
A character that we have yet to see in the series, who will be making her debut appearance in the upcoming second half next month, is Misty Holloway, Mylene’s disco queen idol, played by “Hamilton” star Renée Elise Goldsberry. As fans of the series know, this ode to the origins of hip-hop, which counts pioneers like Grandmaster Flash, Kurtis Blow, DJ Kool Herc, Afrika Bambaataa, and hip-hop historian Nelson George as collaborators, is a combo of both fact and fiction; people, places, items and specific occurrences often have real-life inspirations. So what’s Misty Holloway’s story? Our research tells us that she’s fiction; there was no disco queen named Misty Holloway, and the character is likely influenced by any number of real-life disco singers, from Donna Summer, to Evelyn “Champagne” King, and others, who all had big hits during the popular disco era.
Earlier today, the man behind the series, director and executive producer Baz Luhrmann, shared the above first-look image at Renée Elise Goldsberry as Misty Holloway, on his Instagram page, with the caption: “Misty Holloway makes a big appearance, played to perfection by the Tony Award-winning star of @hamiltonmusical, the prodigiously talented @reneeelisegoldsberry. #thegetdown”
We’ll get to know more about who Misty Holloway really is, when she makes her “big appearance” (played by Renée Elise Goldsberry) in part 2 of “The Get Down” which premieres on Netfilm on April 7.
Check out the previously-released first full trailer for part 2 of the musical drama series below: