By Evan DeSimone
Returning Netflix period drama “Marco Polo” has added actress Michelle Yeoh to the cast for season 2.
An internationally-known veteran of Hong Kong action cinema, Yeoh will portray a mysterious figure with a connection to the martial arts instructor known as Hundred Eyes (Tom Wu). Yeoh has starred in worldwide hits including the James Bond film “Tomorrow Never Dies,” “Crouching Tiger Hidden Dragon” and “Memoirs of a Geisha.” She also co-stars in the sequel “Crouching Tiger Hidden Dragon: Sword of Destiny,” which is scheduled to open theatrically in China and Hong Kong on Feb. 6 and debut on Netflix and in Imax theaters in other parts of the world on Feb. 26.
“Michelle Yeoh is not only a screen legend and one of the greatest international action stars of all time, she’s one of the best actors of her generation,” said series creator John Fusco, who also scripted the “Crouching Tiger” sequel. “So we are thrilled to have her join one of the most diverse ensembles in television and bring her unique talents to ‘Marco Polo.’ Her role in the second season is one that’s going to add even more intrigue, mystery, and Asian martial arts to our rich story world.”
Yeoh will join returning cast members including Lorenzo Richelmy (Marco Polo), Benedict Wong (Kublai Khan), Joan Chen (Empress Chabi), Zhu Zhu (Kokachin), Tom Wu (Hundred Eyes), Olivia Cheng (Mei Lin), Claudia Kim (Khutulun), Rick Yune (Kaidu), Remy Hii (Prince Jingim), Mahesh Jadu (Ahmad) and Uli Latukefu (Byamba).
“Marco Polo” has earned Netflix praise for its inventive blending of history and Hong Kong-style martial arts, as well its casting of Chinese and Mongolian actors in key roles. As a veteran of the Asian martial arts film scene, Yeoh lends some added gravitas to the shows second season.
“Marco Polo” is set to premiere its second season early in 2016.