Arthurian legend reimagined, Netflix’s Cursed, coming this year, is told through the eyes of Nimue (Katherine Langford), a a young woman 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 humble 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.
Cursed is a coming-of-age story based on a graphic novel by Thomas Wheeler and Frank Miller, also the show’s executive producers. In an interview, Wheeler shares: “I thought about how to frame the story so that my 12-year-old daughter might be similarly inspired by the mythology, the way I was when I saw John Boorman’s Excalibur. Who was her King Arthur? What character could be her entry point into this world? The legend of the Lady of the Lake offered some tantalizing possibilities. With her dying breath, her mother entrusts her with a mysterious bundle and the fateful words: ‘Bring this to Merlin.'”
The series has 10 one-hour episodes, starring Katherine Langford (Nimue), Devon Terrell (Arthur), Gustaf Skarsgård (Merlin), Daniel Sharman (Weeping Monk), Sebastian Armesto (King Uther Pendragon), Matt Stokoe (Gawain), Lily Newmark (Pym), Shalom Brune-Franklin (Igraine), Emily Coates (Sister Iris), Billy Jenkins (Squirrel), Bella Dayne (Red Spear), Peter Mullan (Father Carden). It is co-executive produced by Silenn Thomas and produced by Alex Boden.