Katherine Langford made a name for herself as the voice of the past in Netflix’s 13 Reasons Why, but in her new role for the streamer, she’s very much present — and fighting for the future. Cursed hands Langford a sword and some magic powers on July 17.
Based on a book by TV writer Tom Wheeler and acclaimed comics writer and illustrator Frank Miller, Cursed imagines a version of the King Arthur legend in which the Lady of the Lake is the true hero. Langford stars as Nimue, a young women tormented for her magical gifts who becomes destined to wield a sword, save the people of her land, and become a piece of the story many think they know. In the first, 10-episode season, she’s just getting the hang of it all.
The first teaser for the series is light on premise and high on 300-style slo-mo action (fitting, for an adaptation of Miller’s work). The official synopsis sheds a bit more light on where it’s all going:
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.
Starring alongside Langford are Devon Terrell as Arthur and Gustaf Skarsgård as Merlin.
There has been no shortage of fantasy tales in the wake of Game of Thrones, and most of those televised epics — like The Witcher and The Letter for the King — have arrived courtesy of Netflix. Cursed joins the fight for zeitgeisty conquest next month.