Like stories of greed, rivalry, and sexual intrigue? Then you’ll love the official trailer Netflix just dropped for its upcoming historical epic Marco Polo.
Starring newcomer Lorenzo Richelmy as the famous Venetian merchant traveler and namesake to a popular children’s poolside game, the ten-episode original series will cover the adventures of Marco Polo in Kublai Khan’s court in Mongol China during the 13th century. The official trailer expands on the brief and rather unrevealing teaser trailer Netflix released in October, showing Polo meeting Khan, being betrayed by his father, training as a fighter, falling for a woman, and more of the usual stuff for which programming on premium subscription-based services is known.
Produced in conjunction with the Weinstein Company, Netflix filmed Marco Polo in Italy, Kazakhstan, and Malaysia. Audiences in all Netflix territories can watch the first season of Marco Polo when it debuts on December 12, 2014.
Marco Polo is just one of many original series recently announced by Netflix. The streaming video-on-demand company has several children’s series underway, including Lemony Snicket’s Series of Unfortunate Events and DreamWork’s All Hail King Julien. Netflix is also working on another historical drama called The Crown, based on the life and times of Queen Elizabeth II of England.
With all these titles in the works and more, Netflix audiences have plenty to look forward to in the coming months.