Netflix has announced that Gabriel Byrne will play the part of Pope Gregory X in the second season of Marco Polo which launches on Netflix on 1 July.
Commenting on the role, Byrne said:
“I’ve always been kind of fascinated by Papal history, and the Janiston play, the Pope doesn’t come up everyday. I mean I’ve played the devil, played a priest but you know to play the Pope is an interesting segway. So I was very happy to be part of it. And It’s a huge production, a gigantic crew, so the idea of joining a huge enterprise like this, was interesting”.
“An interesting change has happened over the last few years in terms of film and television; more people are watching Netflix rather than actually are actually going to see independent films. There was a time television was snobingly regarded as the poor cousin of the cinema artistically. But now people are beginning to see that writers have the power [on] television, so scripts and themes are more varied and more interesting… The market for this kind of production means that it will reach households all over the world and that’s an enormous difference to what it was like 15/20 years ago, when if you made a film like this it would come to a cinema, probably a multiplex, you go see it but it didn’t reach into areas outside the multiplex.
So, in a way, Netflix, HBO, Showtime, they are now in people’s houses with what used to be the product of the cinema…There’s tremendous scope artistically to deal with a variety of topics, because of the freedom in these kind of productions…And it’s changed the way people absorb entertainment.”
Marco Polo Season 2
· An empire will burn. Netflix is pleased to announce that the second season of its epic action adventure series Marco Polo will launch globally on July 1, 2016. The series will be available in 4K.
· Check out the date announcement here: https://youtu.be/Zf1VlpYhaMg
· The 10 episode series, created by John Fusco, stars Lorenzo Richelmy (Marco Polo), Michelle Yeoh (the Handmaiden), 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) among others.
In a world replete with greed, betrayal, sexual intrigue and rivalry, Marco Polo, is based on the famed explorer’s adventures in Kublai Khan’s court in 13th Century China.
John Fusco, who wrote the Academy-Award nominated feature, Spirit: Stallion of the Cimarron, is executive producer and showrunner, along with Dan Minahan, whose previous work includes Homeland and Game of Thrones, with Patrick Macmanus, Harvey Weinstein, Bob Weinstein, and Elizabeth Sarnoff as executive producers.
Marco Polo is produced by The Weinstein Company for Netflix.
The complete first season of Marco Polo Season 1 is available for members to watch instantly on Netflix.