'Cursed' Launches On Netflix On Friday
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Offering a female-centric reimagining of the Arthurian legend, the 10-part series is based on the New York Times bestselling book by Tom Wheeler and Frank Miller.
With sword fights, bloody medieval scenes and evils lurking in shadowy woodland, just watching the trailer is giving us all the goosebumps.
Watch it in full here:
Alongside lead actors Katherine Langford of 13 Reasons Why and Devon Terrell, the cast features Gustaf Skarsgård as Merlin, along with Daniel Sharman (Weeping Monk), Sebastian Armesto (King Uther Pendragon), Matt Stokoe (Gawain).
Other cast members include Lily Newmark (Pym), Shalom Brune-Franklin (Igraine), Emily Coates (Sister Iris), Billy Jenkins (Squirrel), Bella Dayne (Red Spear) and Peter Mullan (Father Carden).
If you're not familiar with the Cursed concept, allow us to walk you through it.
The story follows the life of Nimue (Langford), a young woman with a mysterious gift who is destined to become the powerful - and tragic - Lady of the Lake.
In the aftermath of her mother's death, Nimue finds an unexpected partner in Arthur (Terrell), a humble mercenary, and sets off on a quest to find Merlin and deliver an ancient sword.
On her journey, Nimue becomes a symbol of courage and rebellion against the terrifying Red Paladins, and their complicit King Uther, as she strives to save her people.
Described as "a coming-of-age story whose themes are familiar to our own time: the obliteration of the natural world, religious terror, senseless war", Cursed is about "finding the courage to lead in the face of the impossible".
The trailer narrates: "They came while we slept, to rid the world of our kind. To cleanse the world of our kind.
"Cause we're different. Cause magic runs through us. Cause we have what they want."
Cutting to a shot of lead character Nimue emerging from a lake, the narration continues:
"The legend says, this sword belongs to the one true King. But what if the sword chooses a Queen?"
The series is executive-produced by Tom Wheeler, Frank Miller and Leila Gerstein, and co-exec produced by Silenn Thomas, with Alex Boden serving as producer.
Cursed lands on Netflix Friday 17th July 2020.