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Jonathon Dornbush
July 10, 2015 AT 02:12 PM EDT

Netflix’s French drama Marseille is one step closer to reality, as the streaming service has announced a cast for the upcoming series.

Gérard Depardieu will be starring in Marseille, Netflix announced Friday. The eight-episode series tells the story of the city’s mayor, Robert Taro, as he faces the man he chose to be his heir in an upcoming election. Benoît Magimel, Géraldine Palihas, Nadia Farès, Pascal Else, and Gérard Meylan have also been cast in the eight-episode series.

In addition to the previously announced Florent Emilio Siri, Netflix also confirmed that Xavier Gens and Cédric Anger have also signed on to direct episodes of the series.

Creator Dan Frank originally described the project as one that offered “a blank page to create a House of Cards in French that breaks through unspoken hypocrisy. This is a writer’s dream and a great opportunity for French producers and creators to enter a new world.”

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