We finally know when Marco Polo will arrive in the United States.
It was just announced today that the new, highly anticipated original series from Netflix will premiere on Dec. 12. Marco Polo will take place in China during the 1200s and feature “a world replete with astonishing martial arts…intrigue, political skullduggery and spectacular battles.”
Italian newcomer Lorenzo Richelmy will star as the titular Marco Polo, leading an international cast that includes Benedict Wong (Prometheus) as Kubai Khan, Zhu Zhu (Cloud Atlas) as Marco Polo’s love interest, and Joan Chen as Empress Chabi. Tom Wu (Skyfall), Remy Hii (Treading Water) and Rick Yune (Olympus Has Fallen) also co-star.
Marco Polo is a different type of series for Netflix, which first broke into the television world with its political drama House of Cards and gained even more critical praise for its women’s prison dramedy, Orange Is the New Black, which helped the streaming service earn over 30 Emmy nominations but no major wins at the 66th Primetime Emmy Awards this past Monday night.
While House of Cards and Orange Is the New Black are Netflix’s most popular series, the company has produced shows of numerous different genres, including the horror series Hemlock Grove and the recently premiered animated comedy BoJack Horseman, which was just renewed for a second season. Marco Polo will be another creative departure for Netflix, its first historical drama.
In addition to announcing a release date for the show’s 10-episode first season, Netflix also released five all-new sneak peak photos from Marco Polo. You can scroll through them below.
Photos via Netflix