Egyptian Star Amr Waked Joins ‘Marco Polo’ Cast (EXCLUSIVE)

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Egyptian multihyphenate Amr Waked (“Salmon Fishing in the Yemen,” “Lucy”) has joined the cast of “Marco Polo,” the TWC/Netflix TV series about the famed 13th Century explorer, currently shooting in Johor, Malaysia.

Waked, who is Egypt’s biggest international star, will play a loyal advisor to Mongol King Kublai Khan, and therefore a highly influential figure.

“Marco Polo” is set in China, amid a world “replete with astonishing martial arts, sexual intrigue, political skullduggery and spectacular battles,” according to the producers. Executive producers of the ten-episode series are John Fusco (“Young Guns,” “Hidalgo”), who is the show’s creator, and Harvey Weinstein. The directors for the first two hours are Joachim Ronning and Espen Sandberg (“Kon-Tiki,” “Max Manus: Man of War”). Young Italian actor Lorenzo Richelmy plays the title role.

Netflix has said it will make the entire series available to subscribers, in all territories worldwide, sometime late in 2014.

Waked will be soon be seen by international auds in Luc Besson’s sci-fi actioner “Lucy,” alongside Scarlett Johansson,  Morgan Freeman, and South Korea’s Choi Min-sik (“Old Boy”). In “Lucy,” which Universal will release August 5 in the U.S., Waked plays a French cop.

Meanwhile, Waked’s production company ZAD is in post on Egyptian director Ibrahim El Batout’s Cairo-set organ trafficking thriller “The Cat,” which will ready to screen for international fest programmers in June.

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  1. Nena Banks says:

    This conversation just shows how utterly bat-s**t crazy people from your region are – let his parents come forward? enemies? the guy is just an actor. take your petty grievances and lack of trust to your psychiatric counsellor.

  2. Ilham says:

    You worked with him doing what? I am an Egyptian actress for thirty years and more and I cannot say Amr Waked is Egyptian! I also knew Sadat and I have never heard of the man you talk about. Is honesty what you call ignorant? You are a naive girl.

  3. Amr Waked is born in Cairo, Maadi, where he lived and grew up with his 2 brothers, mother & father. His father Abd el Latif Waked worked as the undersecretary of the ministry of petroleum & also member of parliament under Sadat. Amr Waked doesn’t get more Egyptian than that. As for the rumour that he is Palestinian, he would probably be honoured by such a claim, as Palestinians are our fellow neighbouring Arabs that are facing many injustice today with the global society turning a blind eye. It is a shame that due to both his local and international success mis-informed and ignorant people are spreading poisonous lies to rob him of his success but fortunately the educated and informed will not fall for such monstrous accusations. And will only wish that more Egyptians and fellow arabs get better local and international support and recognition. How do i know this info – i have personally worked with Mr. Waked.

  4. AlKashif EG says:

    Well done Amr! Go ahead and congratulations.

  5. Tarek Wagdy says:

    He is dishonest. Amr Waked is only an actor playing the role of an Egyptian national. He has studied and worked in Egypt, but he and his brother are Palestinians. Believe me. He is only fooling his enemies. Go find his parents to ask them. I am a son of Egypt and I know my own people. He is not one of us! He is a deceitful actor and nothing more.

    • Ahmed Fouad says:

      Guys, don’t spread audits rumors! he is an Egyptian from (ElSharkia) and his uncle is “Lotfi Waked”, one of the Free Officers Movement, I know him very well.

      • AlKashif EG says:

        You mean idiots! indeed, I know him too and he is he is an Egyptian of course, and played a good role in a movie once as a Palestinian,,even some thought he is from Palestine! which most of the Egyptians love, but he ain’t.

    • Gamal says:

      What the hell are you talking about?!! He was born in Cairo he’s absolutely without a question an Egyptian

      • somaya el turk says:

        Let his parents come forward to say if this is so. nobody in Egypt knows anything about them. I agree that he is a liar also. he has criticized Egypt many occasions for the sake of the palestinians. look at his face also. it is not Egyptian at all!

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