With successes like House of Cards and Orange is the New Black under Netflix's belt, it's fair to say that we've come to expect a lot from the streaming service's original TV shows. Their next big release is called Marco Polo and and looks like it could just be Netflix's answer to Game of Thrones.

Starring newcomer Lorenzo Richelmy, it is based on the famed explorer’s adventures in Kublai Khan’s court in 13th century China, with the sweeping drama's ten episodes shot in Italy, Kazakhstan and Malaysia.

It's got some great talent behind it too - John Fusco, who wrote the Academy-Award nominated feature Spirit: Stallion of the Cimarron, created the series and is executive producer and showrunner along with Dan Minahan, whose previous work includes Homeland and Game of Thrones. Academy-Award nominated directors Joachim Rønning and Espen Sandberg (Pirates of the Caribbean: Dead Men Tell No Tales) directed the first two hours and serve as executive producers. While the drama itself is produced by Netflix and The Weinstein Company.

Couldn't really sound any more promising, could it?

Have a look at the first trailer below, while all ten episodes of the first series will be available on Netflix at 8am on December 12.