Netflix has released new character images for “Marco Polo,” their new original 10-episode series which premieres on Friday, December 12 at 12:01 a.m. Pacific Time. You can view them in the gallery below.
In a world replete with greed, betrayal, sexual intrigue and rivalry, “Marco Polo” is based on the famed explorer’s adventures in Kublai Khan’s court in 13th century China. The show stars Italian newcomer Lorenzo Richelmy as Marco. Best known for her role in The Wachowskis’ 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 global cast as Empress Chabi and Kublai Khan.
Rounding out “Marco Polo’s” cast of characters are 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.
Creator John Fusco (Forbidden Kingdom, Young Guns, Hidalgo) and Harvey Weinstein are executive producers on “Marco Polo.” Dan Minahan (“Game of Thrones,” “True Blood”) also serves as executive producer and directed two episodes for the 10-episode first season. Joachim Rønning and Espen Sandberg (Academy Award nominated Kon-Tiki) directed the season’s first two episodes and serve as executive producers. Patrick MacManus serves as co-executive producer. Collin Creighton produced on behalf of The Weinstein Company.