Netflix's Marco Polo Series Gets a Premiere Date — Plus: First Photos

Marco Polo will make landfall in late 2014.

Netflix announced Thursday that its anticipated original series about the famed explorer will be released on Dec. 12. The drama  — which stars Italian newcomer Lorenzo Richelmy in the title role — is set in 1200s China, “a world replete with astonishing martial arts, sexual intrigue, political skullduggery and spectacular battles.”

The international cast also includes Benedict Wong (Prometheus), Zhu Zhu (Cloud Atlas), Tom Wu (Skyfall), Remy Hii (Treading Water) and Rick Yune (Olympus Has Fallen).

Scroll down to view the first five images from the big-budget series.