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Katherine Langford takes up the sword in Netflix’s Cursed

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Despite the fact that strange women lying in ponds distributing swords is no basis for a system of government, that’s what we’re getting in Netflix’s upcoming fantasy series, Cursed. Based on the 2019 young adult illustrated novel of the same name written by Tom Wheeler, and illustrated by none other than the legendary Frank Miller, it’s a reimagining to the classic Arthurian legend.

13 Reasons Why’s Katherine Langford stars as the young Nimue, better known as the Lady of the Lake, whose life is destroyed by the Red Paladins who serve the corrupt King Uther. In the wake of this tragedy, and with the assistance of the mercenary Arthur, she’s tasked with delivering a magical sword to the wizard Merlin. But over the course of this journey she discovers the strength within herself to take up the sword lead the fight against the king – and perhaps become queen herself.

The show’s synopsis is as follows:

Cursed is a re-imagining of the Arthurian legend, told through the eyes of Nimue, a teenage heroine with a mysterious gift who is destined to become the powerful (and tragic) Lady of the Lake. After her mother’s death, she finds an unexpected partner in Arthur, a young mercenary, in a quest to find Merlin and deliver an ancient sword. Over the course of her journey, Nimue will become a symbol of courage and rebellion against the terrifying Red Paladins, and their complicit King Uther.

Let’s take a look:

I’m in two minds after watching the trailer. I loved some of the creepy visuals, but I’m not a fan of the stylised, slow-mo action which seems a tad overdone – hopefully the series leans more into the former than the latter. There’s not much else to go on since this is more of a teaser than a trailer, but I’m definitely curious enough to want to see more.

What do you think?

Cursed’s ten-episode-long first season will premiere on Netflix on 17 July. It also stars Devon Terrell, Gustaf Skarsgård, Peter Mullan, Shalom Brune-Franklin, and Daniel Sharman.

Last Updated: June 19, 2020

9 Comments

  1. I’ll give this a look for sure! Looks better than the Nun one?

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    • Iskape

      June 19, 2020 at 21:44

      I’ll most probably give both a go. No harming in wasting an hour or two on the first episodes of each series to see if it’s worth sinking any more time into them.

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      • Guz

        June 20, 2020 at 12:42

        I will usually watch the first episode of any show, that’s how I found some gems.

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    • Guz

      June 20, 2020 at 12:41

      Speaking of Nuns I wish Netflix would adapt The Book of the Ancestor series it would be great as a TV series

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    • Guz

      June 20, 2020 at 12:41

      Speaking of Nuns I wish Netflix would adapt The Book of the Ancestor series it would be great as a TV series

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  2. Guz

    June 20, 2020 at 12:41

    Hope this isn’t just king Arthur with a gender swap.

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    • Kervyn Cloete

      June 22, 2020 at 08:58

      Not really. Langford is playing the Lady of the Lake, the character in Arthurian legend who in some versions of the myth possesses Excalibur originally and is the one that gives it to Arthur (in those versions he pulls a different sword, Caliburn, from the stone to become King).

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      • Guz

        June 22, 2020 at 09:17

        Ahh that’s pretty cool, *goes wiki diving for more info on Arthurian legends*

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  3. CrAiGiSh

    June 22, 2020 at 11:04

    Swords vs Nuns …

    Netflix truly will publish anything … but will still give both a go 😀

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