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Netflix Releases Trailer for Marco Polo

The first look at Netflix's newest drama series has been released, and it looks to be quite different from the streaming sites other offerings. A period piece, the series will focus on the early years of Marco Polo's explorations, zeroing in on his time in the court of Kublai Kahn. Showcasing a series of expansive sets and costumes, Marco Polo is much more in the vein of sweeping period pieces like Game of Thrones (and the trailer, embedded below, promises the same violence, sex, and bloodshed current seen on the hit HBO series) rather than what is currently available on House of Cards or Orange is the New Black. Marco-Polo-5-Netflix And this ambiance comes at a cost, as the series apparently cost a staggering $90 million to shoot. Marco Polo is produced by the Weinstein Company, which certainly counts for some of the financial heft. By comparision, the average Netflix episode (according to Deadline) costs around $4 million to produce. Each episode of Marco Polo averages out to $9 million, seeing as the show is producing a mere 10 episodes for its first season. The series stars Lorenzo Richelmy as the title character, with Benedict Wong (Prometheus), Joan Chen (Twin Peaks),  Zhu Zhu (Cloud Atlas), and Tom Wu (Skyfall) rounding out the supporting cast. The series was shot on location in Italy, Kazakhstan and Malaysia. It will premiere on December 12, with all 10 episodes available for immediate streaming.


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