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Katherine Langford takes Excalibur for herself in this trailer for Cursed

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Katherine Langford has already starred in one hit TV series for Netflix with the first two seasons of 13 Reasons Why and now she is set to lead another with the upcoming King Arthur series titled Cursed. The new show, which comes from the minds of comic book legend Frank Miller and TV writer Tom Wheeler, is based on their Young Adult novel of the same name.

The story of King Arthur and the sword of Excalibur has been told many times before, but this new take on the classic tale is far more heavily focused on big fantasy and action than many of the other attempts that came before it. In Cursed, Langford tackles the character of Nimue, traditionally portrayed as the Lady in the Lake who entrusted the sword Excalibur to King Arthur. In this adaptation however, Nimue is the protagonist, taking up Excalibur for herself. If the below trailer is anything to go by, prepare yourself for some jaw-dropping and slow-motion action:

The series certainly looks ambitious as it appears Netflix is trying to draw in the young adult crowd for a story that can also appeal to the Game of Thrones fans. The production value and CGI are perhaps not as polished as you would expect, but there is enough solid execution here to make a success of it all if the story holds up.

Alongside Langford, the series also stars Devon Terrell as Arthur, Daniel Sharman as The Weeping Monk, Sebastian Armesto as King Uther, Gustaf Skarsgård as Merlin and Peter Mullan set to be the big villain for the series. Cursed is set to release on 17 July and could be yet another big epic fantasy series to look forward to.

Last Updated: July 1, 2020


  1. Original Heretic

    July 1, 2020 at 14:29

    It’s very difficult to get excited for a fantasy series.
    As promising as they seem, most of them just get boring.
    Or the adaptations from books fall very flat.

    GoT was a brilliant anomaly.

    I sincerely hope that the upcoming big name series (LotR and Wheel of Time) live up to expectations.


    • Son of Banana Jim

      July 1, 2020 at 15:33

      GoT really screwed the pooch. It’s been a year since the really atrocious season 8, and I still can’t even find the urge to rewatch season 1. Usually, I’d rewatch a series if it really resonated with me, but the last season killed GoT for me. I gave away my blurays. I dropped off the books at my local library.

      I don’t even care that George hasn’t finished the book yet. It seems he’s also over GoT and can’t even find the motivation to complete it.


      • Original Heretic

        July 1, 2020 at 15:33

        Let’s not talk about that final season…

        I honestly don’t know if I will read the next book (or books).
        I’m curious to know how it will differ, tbh.

        It could end up being great.

        I’ve been rereading the Artemis Fowl books recently, just to remind myself that despite the terrible movie, the books were something special.


        • Son of Banana Jim

          July 1, 2020 at 15:43

          Initially, I rationalised that George will fix it all with his book, and I’ll feel happy about it all again, but I think I’m just done with GoT. George was supposed to have a manuscript in hand this year (ironically this month at a convention in New Zealand – which obviously won’t be held).

          Instead, in the past two years,he’s released a Lannister history book. He’s involved with a new HBO show etc.

          I know Neil Gaiman once said that (and I heavily paraphrase) George was not our bitch, and I respect that, but it really seems like the old guy doesn’t have it in him anymore. He doesn’t know how to or doesn’t really care enough to finish the series.


          • Original Heretic

            July 1, 2020 at 16:23

            I’m of the opinion that he’s struggling to bring it to a satisfying conclusion.

            He started the tale brilliantly, nobody can dispute that (without sounding petty or just plain stupid).
            But the mere fact that he allowed the story to be so character driven has put him in a corner.

            I wonder how much of this he truly planned out. It’s terrible, really.
            You don’t even think about writing a multiple book series without having some tight planning in place. The skeleton needs to be there, the flesh can then be improvised to a degree.

            When you write and create a world like this, YOU are charge, not the imagined characters you have created.

          • Son of Banana Jim

            July 1, 2020 at 16:54

            Reminds me of JK Rowling. The first book was actually very well written, and you can tell she put a lot of thought into it, and then with the multi-book deal, it became obvious that she was writing them without a plan. Order of the Phoenix is such a chore to read (I’m only using JK Rowling as an example, because I’ve been reading them to my 5 year old in the evenings)

          • Son of Banana Jim

            July 1, 2020 at 16:43

            I think that might be it really, his characters are running the show, and George might have some favourites now – remember how easily his characters died in the earlier books. It really seems like he’s now beholden unto his “children”.

          • Original Heretic

            July 1, 2020 at 17:28

            I still want to reread all those books. It’s the one series that I still want to own, but damn, that set it so pricey!

          • Son of Banana Jim

            July 1, 2020 at 19:01

            Yeah, the price shot up when the show started. It’s a pity, we didn’t have this conversation earlier, I would have gifted them to you for free 😛 (Even with all my note tags atttached to the pages)

          • Original Heretic

            July 1, 2020 at 19:26

            Nah, not the GoT books, I meant Harry Potter. I’ve read the Song of Ice and Fire 5 times already!

          • Original Heretic

            July 1, 2020 at 17:23

            Can’t fault the guy for that. When you spend SO much time thinking of these characters, moulding them, they become very real.
            And the ones you want to be likeable are the ones you end up liking most of all!

            Like, I have deaths planned in my series, and I cannot lie, I have shed a tear or two at the thought of writing those scenes!

            It’s impossible to NOT become emotionally invested in your creations.

  2. CrAiGiSh

    July 1, 2020 at 14:35

    Looks decent.


  3. Son of Banana Jim

    July 1, 2020 at 15:27

    It’s giving me The Shannara Chronicles vibes. There’s really only two ways this can go (which seems to be on par with most young adult TV vomit).

    a) It serves as an allegory for current year, with progressive values and themes infused into a really terrible Young adult drama series that’s just infuriating to watch or

    b) It serves as an allegory for current year, with progressive values and themes infused into a decent Young adult drama series that’s fairly ok to watch.


  4. Lonthar

    July 1, 2020 at 21:17

    Oh look, more propaganda garbage. The mind boggles thinking anyone can enjoy this nonsense. Looking forward for people to realise there’s better things to do out there.


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