'Lost' Vet Plays 'Marco Polo'

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Marco Polo, the legendary adventurer now best known for spawning an obnoxious swimming pool game, will be the subject of a miniseries set to star a former "Lost" heartthrob.

Ian Somerhalder, the dearly departed Boone on ABC's hit drama, will play Polo, with Brian Dennehy and B.D. Wong lending support.

The miniseries about the Venetian explorer, will be produced by RHI Entertainment, according to The Hollywood Reporter. The film, now shooting in China, doesn't currently have a U.S. TV outlet.

Written by Ron Hutchinson ("The Ten Commandments"), "Marco Polo" tells the story of the 13th-century traveler and his journey to Mongolia and his time in the court of Kublai Khan.

Wong will play Polo's servant, while Dennehy will co-star as Kublai Khan, at least according to the HR.

[It's at this point that somebody at RHI may need to explain how Dennehy is going to fill the shoes of Khan, who is rarely depicted in pictures as anything other than Asian.]

Mark Jax ("In the Beginning") and Alan Shearman ("A Boyfriend for Christmas") will also appear in the telefilm.

Kevin Connor ("In the Beginning") directs.

In addition to his "Lost" credits, Somerhalder has appeared on the small screen in "Smallville" and "Young Americans." His next big screen role is in the upcoming remake of "Pulse."

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