"We as an audience have known Jaden since he was very young," Luhrmann said in a statement announcing the 17-year-old's casting.
"Recently, Jaden has been seeking diverse and challenging roles and this is a testament to his passion to grow in the craft," he continued. "In the short time he has joined our acting family, he has begun developing his The Get Down skill set, even taking lessons from the legendary graffiti artist Lady Pink of Wild Style fame, as well as steeping himself in the history and culture of the Bronx. We're all very happy with the casting of Jaden in the role of 'Dizzee' Kipling, and with his addition, the Kipling family cast is now complete."
Jaden's character, Dizzee, is a psychedelically talented and enigmatic graffiti writer from the South Bronx.