Michelle Yeoh

Netflix adds Michelle Yeoh to Marco Polo cast

The actor, who's headlined more than 30 films and is one of Asia's most popular movie stars, will join the cast of the original drama in a recurring role.
December 23, 2015

The second season of the Netflix original drama Marco Polo will feature one of Asia’s most popular actors, reps for the streaming platform confirmed.

Michelle Yeoh (pictured) will appear in a recurring role. Her character is not yet named, but she will play  “a mysterious figure from Hundred Eyes’ past” according to a release by Netflix. (Hundred Eyes is a reference to a character played in the series by actor Tom Wu.)

Yeoh has starred in Oscar-winning films such as Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon and Memoirs of a Geisha. She’s better known to Western audiences for playing kick-butt Bond girl Wai Lin in 1997’s Tomorrow Never Dies. According to Netflix, she was one of the first female actors in Hong Kong to play a starring role in a kung-fu movie.

The second season of Marco Polo is schedule to roll out in all of Netflix’s territories at an unspecified date in 2016. The season will see the return of the full first-season cast, including Lorenzo Richelmy, Benedict Wong, Joan Chen and Wu.

The series was created by Academy award-nominated screenwriter John Fusco. Fusco also serves as executive producer and showrunner alongside Homeland and Game of Thrones director Dan Minahan. Other executive producers include Patrick Macnamus, Elizabeth Sarnoff and Harvey and Bob Weinstein.

Despite its big names, Marco Polo has so far received mixed to negative reviews from its global audience. On Rotten Tomatoes, the first season has garnered an average critical rating of 24%, and it possesses a rating of 48% on Metacritic.

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