Netflix has made no secret of its plans to pump up its library of original content over the course of 2016, and the streamer is clearly serious about its goal. At the Consumer Electronics Show in Las Vegas Wednesday, the company’s chief content officer, Ted Sarandos, screened the sizzle reels of two upcoming original series for attendees, according to THR: musical drama The Get Down and biographical royal drama The Crown.
While very different from each other, the two series are both highly anticipated and boast acclaimed creative teams. The Get Down follows a group of South Bronx teens during the 1970s as hip-hop, punk, and disco begin to emerge. Based on the sizzle reel, the series will feature ample dancing, music, drama, and action, as one would expect given the premise and the fact that it comes from creator Baz Luhrmann, whose work includes Moulin Rouge! and The Great Gatsby.
The cast of The Get Down features Shameik Moore, Justice Smith, Tremaine Browne Jr., and Skylan Brooks. Luhrmann serves as executive producer alongside Shawn Ryan, Catherine Martin, Paul Watters, Thomas Kelly, Stephen Adley Guirgis, and Marney Hochman.
Meanwhile, The Crown focuses on the reign of Queen Elizabeth II as she rises to power in the early 1950s. Created by Peter Morgan (The Queen) and Stephen Daldry (Billy Elliot), the series is inspired by the 2013 play The Audience. The story will explore the queen’s marriage, the monarchy, and more, and stars Claire Foy, Matt Smith, John Lithgow, and Victoria Hamilton, among others.
Netflix has not yet announced release dates for the upcoming series, but subscribers can expect to see the first season of each on the streaming service later this year.
Watch the sizzle reel for The Crown below.
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