Netflix emphasized the global nature of its streaming service– now available in 130 countries — with a press conference today in Paris where it announced premiere dates for a geographically diverse trio of original series, “The Crown,” “Marseilles” (pictured) and “Marco Polo.”
“The Crown” will premiere its 10-episode first season globally on Nov. 4. Written by Peter Morgan (“The Queen,” “Frost/Nixon”) and directed by Stephen Daldry (“Billy Elliot,” “The Hours”), the series explores Queen Elizabeth II’s early reign, revealing personal intrigues, romances, and political rivalries behind events that shaped the second half of the 20th Century.
It stars Claire Foy as Queen Elizabeth II, Matt Smith as Prince Philip, 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.
Produced Andy Harries (“The Queen”), “The Crown” was adapted from Morgan’s play “The Audience.” It will be available in 4K.
Netflix will launch “Marseille” globally on May 5. Set in the titular coastal city in the south of France, the 8-episode series follows Mayor Robert Taro (Gérard Depardieu) as he tries to pull off one final political power play: pushing through the vote for the construction of a casino. Written by Dan Franck, who also serves as executive producer alongside Florent Siri, it was produced by Paris-based Federation Entertainment, led by Pascal Breton, producer of the hit French series “Dolmen” and “Sous le Soleil.”
“Marseille” also stars Benoît Magimel, Géraldine Pailhas, Nadia Farès, Stéphane Caillard, Jean-René Privat, Guillaume Arnault, Hedi Bouchenafa, Carolina Jurczak and Nassim Si Ahmed.
The 10-episode second season of “Marco Polo” will launch globally on July 1. It will follow the continuing adventures of the famed explorer (played by Lorenzo Richelmy) in Kublai Khan’s court in 13th Century China.
Produced by The Weinstein Company for Netflix, the series was created by John Fusco (“Spirit: Stallion of the Cimarron”), who also serves as executive producer and showrunner along with Dan Minahan (“Homeland,” “Game of Thrones”). Patrick Macmanus, Harvey Weinstein, Bob Weinstein and Elizabeth Sarnoff are also executive producers.
“Marco Polo” also stars Michelle Yeoh, Benedict Wong, Joan Chen, Zhu Zhu, Tom Wu, Olivia Cheng, Claudia Kim, Rick Yune, Remy Hii, Mahesh Jadu and Uli Latukefu. It will be available in 4K.