Netflix has released the first teaser from their upcoming dramatic series, Marco Polo, which stars newcomer Lorenzo Richelmy in the title role, as the famed explorer set off on his epic adventure to Kublai Khan’s court in 13th century China.

The series stars an international cast of actors: Benedict Wong, Joan Chen, Chin Han, Zhu Zhu, Olivia Cheng, Claudia Kim, Mahesh Jadu, Tom Wu, Remy Hii, Uli Latukefu, and Rick Yune.

Marco Polo features ten episodes, which were filmed in Italy, Kazakhstan and Malaysia.

Here’s the synopsis for the series: “The famed explorer’s journey 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 and comes from directors Joachim Ronning and Espen Sandberg (Kon-Tiki, Max Manus: Man of War), executive producer and director Dan Minahan (Game of Thrones, True Blood) and executive producer and creator John Fusco (Young Guns, Hidalgo).”

Marco Polo debuts on Netflix Friday, December 12 at 12:01 AM, Pacific Time.

Lorenzo Richelmy and Zhu Zhu

Lorenzo Richelmy and Zhu Zhu

Marco Polo

Marco Polo

A scene from Marco Polo

A scene from Marco Polo

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