Netflix’s Marco Polo will be released on Friday 12th December – and we can now reveal our first look at the TV series.
The show, which is based on the famed explorer’s adventures in Kublai Khan’s court in 13th century China, stars Italian newcomer Lorenzo Richelmy as Marco, who finds himself in a world replete with greed, betrayal, sexual intrigue and rivalry.
Best known for her role in The Wachowski’s Cloud Atlas, the Beijing-born Zhu Zhu plays Marco’s love interest Kokachin. Joan Chen (Twin Peaks) and Benedict Wong (Prometheus) also star in the show’s eclectic global cast as Empress Chabi and Kublai Khan.
Rounding out Marco Polo’s global cast of characters will be Remy Hii as Prince Jingim, Olivia Cheng as Mei Lin, Claudia Kim as Khutulun, Uli Latukefu as Byamba, Chin Han as Jia Sidao, and Tom Wu as Hundred Eyes.
The Netflix original series is helmed primarily by Joachim Rønning and Espen Sandberg, the directors of the delightful Oscar-nominated Kon-Tiki (and upcoming Pirates of the Caribbean sequel, Dead Men Tell No Tales). The pair directed the first two episodes and also serve executive producers alongside Harvey Weinstein, creator John Fusco (Forbidden Kingdom) and Game of Thrones’ Dan Minahan.
All 10 episodes of Marco Polo will premiere on Netflix at 8pm UK time on Friday 12th December.