Since 2013’s critically panned After Earth, Jaden Smith has steered clear of acting and started a promising music career instead. (He’ll also be your super-fly prom date.) But now he’s ready to multitask: After searching for unknown actors, Baz Luhrmann has cast the 16-year-old in his upcoming Netflix drama The Get Down. The music drama, set in 1970s New York City, follows a group of South Bronx teens. And Jaden will have a recurring role as one of them, Marcus “Dizzee” Kipling, a “psychedelically talented and enigmatic graffiti writer raised in the South Bronx.” In other words, Jaden will be playing himself — if Will and Jada were raising him in the ‘70s.
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