Watch: First Trailer for Netflix’s ‘Marco Polo’

As Netflix continues to amp up its original series slate, the streaming service has unveiled the first trailer for its “Marco Polo” series.

The 10-episode drama stars Lorenzo Richelmy and follows the titular explorer’s adventures in Kublai Khan’s court in 13th century China. The trailer gives a peek at historic battles, war and some sexual themes.

“Marco Polo” also stars Benedict Wong, Joan Chen, Chin Han, Zhu Zhu, Olivia Cheng, Claudia Kim, Mahesh Jad, Tom Wu, Remy Hii, Uli Latukefu and Rick Yune. The period drama was shot in Italy, Kazakhstan and Malaysia.

The series was produced by Netflix and The Weinstein Company. John Fusco (“Homeland,” “Game of Thrones”) created the series and serves as exec producer. Joachim Rønning and Espen Sandberg (“Pirates of the Caribbean: Dead Men Tell No Tales”) directed the first two hours and are also exec producers.

“Marco Polo” will debut on Netflix Dec. 12.


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  1. Daniel says:

    Dear Netflix and Weinstein Co,

    The debut of Marco Polo is still two months away, but I’m already feeling worry and unease rise in my blood as I think about all of the problematic racist and sexist undertones that could come up in a show like yours, a story about a white man meeting non-white people for the first time. Your trailer is particular disconcerting because the Asian male characters all seem scheming and evil (and asexual) while all the Asian female characters are always in sexual poses (ex. if you’re fighting with a sword, there is no reason to be naked) or outright having sex. Having sex, not with any of their presumably Asian partners, but with the completely foreign white man, which is about as absurd as fighting in the nude. And don’t even try to justify it by claiming that the show is meant to be more fantasy and less history, because if your idea of a fantasy relies on old-school ideas of the heroic white man conquering the savage brown men and sleeping with the brown women, then we’re going to have a problem. Granted, this is only a trailer and my worry might be premature, but I’m only calling it as I literally see it.

    Here’s an idea for your next show: Kublai Khan manages the mess made by the arrival of Marco Polo and restores order in China, starring Godfrey Gao as Kublai Khan.

  2. shakoush2001 says:

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