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'Marco Polo' will premiere Dec. 12 on Netflix

You say "Marco;" I say "hotness," er, "Polo." Netflix has released first look images of its upcoming period drama "Marco Polo" starring Italian actor Lorenzo Richelmy as the adventurer and, well, take a look above.

All 10 episodes of the first season, created by John Fusco and produced by The Weinstein Company, will premiere at 2:01 a.m. Dec. 12 on the streaming network. It tells the story of the explorer Marco Polo's in Kublai Khan's court in 13th century China.

Besides newcomer Richelmy, the international cast includes Beijing-born Zhu Zhu ("Cloud Atlas"), who plays Marco's love interest Kokachin. Joan Chen ("Twin Peaks") and Benedict Wong ("Prometheus") star ias Empress Chabi and Kublai Khan, respectively.

Other cast members include Remy Hii as Prince Jingim, Olivia Cheng as Mei Lin, Claudia Kim as Khutulun, Uli Latukefu as Byamba, Chin Han as Jia Sidao and Tom Wu as Hundred Eyes.

Fusco ("Forbidden Kingdom," "Young Guns," "Hidalgo") and Harvey Weinstein are executive producers on "Marco Polo." Dan Minahan ("Game of Thrones," "True Blood") also serves as executive producer and directed two episodes for the 10-episode first season. Joachim Rønning and Espen Sandberg (Academy Award nominated "Kon-Tiki," "Pirates of the Caribbean: Dead Men Tell No Tales") directed the season's first two episodes and serve as executive producers. Patrick MacManus serves as co-executive producer. Collin Creighton produced on behalf of The Weinstein Company.

I love period dramas so am looking forward to "Marco Polo." What about you guys?

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