Former Lost star Ian Somerhalder has signed on to play the lead in the mini-series, Marco Polo for RHI Entertainment.

The story is based on the life of the 13th Century Venetian traveler and chronicles his travel to Mongolia, where he was accepted as an envoy into the court of Kublai Khan (Brian Dennehy) and spent 20 years of perilous adventure, says The Hollywood Reporter. BD Wong also stars playing Polo's servant and right-hand man.

No word on when and what network Marco Polo will air on.