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After taking on politics and the American prison system with House of Cards and Orange is the New Black, respectively, Netflix is looking to the high seas for its next original series. Marco Polo, based on the life of the famed explorer, was green-lit back in January, and now the streaming giant has secured an all-international cast to lead the series, planned to run for 10 episodes.
Lorenzo Richelmy will star as the titular explorer, whose journeys take him into the center of a vicious war raging in 13th century China, into “a world replete with exotic martial arts, political skullduggery, spectacular battles and sexual intrigue,” according to the official press release. The Italian actor is almost entirely unknown to American audiences, though he did star in the 2010 film Fat Cat, for which he won an acting award at the Brussels International Film Festival.
Richelmy is joined by multiple actors who »
- Isaac Feldberg
Italian actor Lorenzo Richelmy ("Terra e vento," "Fat Cat") will play the title character. Also in the cast are British actor Benedict Wong ("Prometheus"), American-born Rick Yune ("Olympus Has Fallen"), Australian Remy Hii ("Neighbors"), Chinese actor Zhu Zhu ("Cloud Atlas"), and Hong Kong-born Tom Wu ("Skyfall")
Filming has begun in Venice with the production slated to move to Kazakhstan and then the new Pinewood Studios facility in Malaysia. The series will mostly stick to Polo's time traveling in China during the 13th century.
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- Garth Franklin
The streaming service has put together a decidedly international cast for its upcoming drama about the legendary 13th century traveler. Italian actor Lorenzo Richelmy stars as the title character in Marco Polo, which has begun filming in Venice before moving on to Kazakhstan and the new Pinewood Studios in Malaysia. Richelmy starred in the Italian dramedy Terra e vento and has appeared in other films including Fat Cat and Terzo tempo. The cast also includes England’s Benedict Wong (Prometheus), China’s Zhu Zhu (Cloud Atlas), Hong Kong-born and London-raised Tom Wu (Skyfall), Aussie Remy Hii (Treading Water) and Washington, D.C. native Rick Yune (Olympus Has Fallen). Creator John Fusco and Harvey Weinstein are executive producing the Weinstein Co. drama, which received a 10-episode straight-to-series order in January. Kon-Tiki helmers Joachim Ronning & Espen Sandberg are directing the first two episodes. Dan Minahan is exec producing and also directing two episodes. »
- ERIK PEDERSEN
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