Gerard Depardieu has been confirmed to star in Marseille, the first French-language series from Netflix. The political drama, which has been compared to House Of Cards, is Netflix’ flagship original series as it enters the French market. Depardieu will player Robert Taro, longtime mayor of the seaport city, who finds himself facing his ambitious younger protégé in an election. Benoit Magimel will play the young upstart. Geraldine Pailhas (Don Juan DeMarco) and Nadia Fares (The Crimson Rivers) are also playing major roles in the series.

The eight-episode series is created and written by Carlos co-writer Dan Franck. Among the directors are Florent Emilio Siri (Hostage), Xavier Gens (Hitman) and Cedric Anger (Next Time I’ll Aim For The Heart). The series is set to air early next year.