Italian actor Lorenzo Richelmy has been set as the lead actor in Netflix’s upcoming 10 episode drama series Marco Polo, TVWise has learned.
Richelmy will play the titular role in the drama, which hails from John Fusco & The Weinstein Company and is executive produced by Dan Minahan, John Fusco and Harvey Weinstein. Rounding out the cast is Benedict Wong (Prometheus), Zhu Zhu (Cloud Atlas), Tom Wu (Skyfall), Remy Hii (Treading Water) and Rick Yune (Olympus Has Fallen).
Marco Polo follows the famed explorer’s (Lorenzo Richelmy) journey as it takes him to the center of a brutal war in 13th century China, a world replete with astonishing martial arts, sexual intrigue, political skullduggery and spectacular battles. Espen Sandberg and Dan Minahan are directing the series, which just entered production in Italy, Kazakhstan and Pinewood Studios, Malaysia.
“John, Dan, Joachim, Espen and our partners at The Weinstein Company are elevating the art of storytelling and delivering cinematic quality that we’re certain our members will enjoy,” said Ted Sarandos, Chief Content Officer of Netflix. “In this commanding, epic story of Marco Polo, through the magnetic cast they’ve assembled, the spectacular martial arts work they are showcasing and the exotic locations that serve as a backdrop, they have really outdone themselves.”
While Harvey Weinstein, Co-chairman of The Weinstein Company, added: “Television audiences today are more discerning than ever before both in terms of character and the scope of the worlds those characters live in. We are proud to present a series that rivals some of the most successful films we’ve ever made. Marco Polo is a figure all have heard of, but few truly know, and we are excited to introduce him to the world. And we are shooting all over the world. From the sweeping vistas of Kazakhstan which act as backdrop for the wars and conquests of Kublai Khan to the intimate moments within the alleys and canals of Marco’s hometown of Venice, Italy, this is spectacle in the truest sense of the word.”