Netflix will bring more greed, betrayal, sexual intrigue and rivalry to the digital screen this year with a second season of the action-adventure series Marco Polo.
Ten fresh episodes are set to launch across all of the SVOD’s territories worldwide on July 1.
Created by John Fusco, the series is based on famed explorer Marco Polo’s adventures in Kublai Khan’s court in 13th Century China. It stars Lorenzo Richelmy in the lead role, with Benedict Wong (Kublai Khan), Joan Chen (Empress Chabi), Zhu Zhu (Kokachin), Tom Wu (Hundred Eyes), Olivia Cheng (Mei Lin and Claudia Kim (Khutulun).
After disappointing reviews from fans in season one, the show creators have added action star Michelle Yeoh, pictured, (Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon; Tomorrow Never Dies) to the cast line-up. Yeoh plays the Handmaiden, a character described as “a mysterious figure from Hundred Eyes’ past.”
Fusco, who wrote the Academy Award-nominated feature Spirit: Stallion of the Cimarron, is executive producer and showrunner, along with Dan Minahan, whose previous work includes Homeland and Game of Thrones. Patrick Macmanus, Harvey Weinstein, Bob Weinstein and Elizabeth Sarnoff serve as executive producers.
Marco Polo is produced by The Weinstein Company for Netflix. A preview of season two is available below:
Also arriving on the SVOD service this year is The Crown, a political thriller starring Claire Foy as Queen Elizabeth II, Matt Smith as Prince Phillip, John Lithgow as Sir Winston Churchill, Victoria Hamilton as the Queen Mother, Jared Harris as King George VI, Vanessa Kirby as Princess Margaret and Dame Eileen Atkins as Queen Mary.
The 10-episode series will drop Nov. 4, and will be available in 4K.
The Crown is written by Peter Morgan. Stephen Daldry directs, with Andy Harries producing.