Not only is Netflix spending big on original programming; they are launching productions around the globe, as their audience has expanded far beyond U.S. borders. And this spring, their starry French drama “Marseille” will be unveiled. It looks like a French “House Of Cards,” and that’s just fine by me.
Starring Gérard Depardieu, Benoît Magimel, Géraldine Pailhas, Nadia Farès, Stéphane Caillard, Jean-René Privat, Guillaume Arnault, Hedi Bouchenafa, Carolina Jurczak, and Nassim Si Ahmed, the story follows the struggle for power in the titular city between the old guard and the young upstarts. Here’s the synopsis:
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?
“Marseille” premieres globally on May 5th.