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In case America’s heated political races aren’t enough for you right now, Netflix is offering up a fictional foreign battle that should fill the quota. Billed early on as a French “House of Cards,” the first trailer does not disappoint, with the frames awash in dark blue images and plenty of political intrigue to hold interest.
“Marseille,” an upcoming original series told entirely in the production’s native French tongue, finds the established mayor facing an unexpected challenge after 20 years in the chair. His plan to name a successor backfire when his chosen replacement proves to have plans of his own, that differ from the desires of the outgoing mayor. Now Caro, played by Gerard Depardieu, is forced back into the political world he was prepared to leave, with the fate of the city hanging in the balance.
Here’s the official synopsis, courtesy of Netflix: “As the municipal elections approach in Marseille, Robert Taro, the city’s Mayor for the last twenty years, prepares his last coup: push through the vote for the construction of a casino in the historic center of the Marina. Nothing has been left to chance, and his successor, Lucas Barrès, is already designated. But the latter’s all-consuming ambition and the secret interests of the city’s leaders, whether they come from its opulent villas or from the cities of the northern suburbs, impede the Mayor’s plans. The race for Mayor becomes a power struggle where no holds are barred. Only one question arises: how far will they go?”
Watch the first trailer above. “Marseille” premieres May 5 in all Netflix territories.