Netflix dropped the deets on its latest fantasy series, and like so many of these announcements, we content-hungry few are just happy to see something new come along. In other words, we’ll give it a shot because it’s not like we’ll be going to any movies this summer.
Based on the New York Times bestselling book, “Cursed” is a re-imagination of the Arthurian legend, told through the eyes of Nimue, 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 whose themes are familiar to our own time: the obliteration of the natural world, religious terror, senseless war, and finding the courage to lead in the face of the impossible.
Cast: 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)
Not to be bitches — okay, we’ll be bitches: It has that “Netflix fantasy series” aesthetic to it. It was a big part of the reason why we could never really get into The Witcher, even though it had a lot of buzz and supporters. The costume and production design looks … moderately priced. Not cheap, exactly; but nowhere near the level of Game of Thrones or Outlander. Those nun costumes look like they could be whipped up in ten minutes on a home sewing machine.
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