Cursed, the last medieval fantasy show out of the Netflix vault (see:, ) offers a new reinvention of the legend of King Arthur. Instead of following the trials and tribulations of a young Arthur, however, he focuses on a young Nimue, aka the tragic Lady of the Lake, who is often described as an antagonist. It will be interesting to see another side of the enchantress in this tale of adulthood, arriving on Netflix on July 17 and starring Katherine Langford from 13 reasons.
The 10-episode series is based on a graphic novel of the same name by Frank Miller, the revered graphic designer behind Sin City and 300. Somewhere in his busy schedule, Miller adapted Cursed for the small screen with television screenwriter Tom Wheeler, who co-created the graphic novel and also wrote several episodes of the series.
It seems they’ve managed to conjure up Miller’s grainy aesthetic, plus Nimue coming out of the water with a sword brings a lot of Witcher vibration, not a bad thing given the immense popularity of video game adaptation from Netflix with Henry Cavill.
Merlin and Arthur, played by Gustaf Skarsgard and Devon Terrell respectively, will be featured in the story, along with an intriguing character called the weeping monk, played by Daniel Sharman. Peter Mullan, who was on the small screen not too long ago as James Delos in Westworld, seems to be the leader of the Red Paladins happy with the fire. All of these parties will clash as they vie for the mighty Excalibur sword.
Read the synopsis for the series below.
“Inspired by the successful New York Times book, Cursed is a re-imagination of Arthurian legend, told through the eyes of Nimue, a young woman with a mysterious gift destined to become the powerful (and tragic) Lady of the Lake After the dead of his mother, she finds an unexpected partner in Arthur, a humble mercenary, in a quest to find Merlin and deliver an ancient sword. During his journey, Nimue will become a symbol of courage and rebellion against the terrifying Red Paladins, and their accomplice King Uther. Cursed is a story of transition to adulthood whose themes are familiar in our time: the erasure of the natural world, religious terror, senseless war and finding the courage to lead in the face of impossible.”
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