BY KELLY MARIE MANCUSO
Scenes for the upcoming Netflix series “The Get Down,” a musical hip-hop drama set in the late 1970s, were filmed on Wednesday afternoon at the former K-9 Caterers off Cooper Avenue in Glendale.
The empty storefront was transformed into “Adele’s Beauty Shop,” complete with retro signs advertising “summer braids.” Extras clad in bell bottoms and platform shoes filed onto the set amid vintage Cadillacs and lighting rigs.
The series is a period drama following the lives of a group of teenagers from the South Bronx during 1978. Events within the show will also coincide with political and cultural milestones, such as the birth of hip-hop in the Bronx.
“The Get Down” is set to star Jimmy Smits, Giancarlo Esposito and singer-songwriter Herzien Guardiola, who will play the female lead Mylene Cruz, daughter of Rev. Ramon Cruz (played by Esposito). Mamoudo Athie will star as rap pioneer Grandmaster Flash, and Jaden Smith will also appear in a cameo.
The series is spearheaded by director Baz Luhrmann of “Moulin Rouge” and “Great Gatsby” fame and is set to air on Netflix in 2016.
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