Exactly a year ago we were able to see the first official images of Katherine Langford as the protagonist of Curse, while wielding her sword in the promotional photos. The actress became famous as Hannah Baker in the popular Netflix series based on the book For Thirteen Reasons Why that portrays bullying and teen depression, and is now the one chosen to play the heroine of this story. Cursed is a reimagining of the Artric legend from the perspective of Nimue, an archetypal character popularly known as the Lady of the Lake, based on the comic written by Thomas Wheeler and illustrated by Frank Miller. According to Netflix’s official synopsis, it is a story of transformation, whose themes are current in our time: the destruction of nature, religious terror, senseless wars and bravery in the face of the impossible.
In this version, Nimue is a teenager with a mysterious magical gift destined to become the powerful and tragic Lady of the Lake. After his mother’s death, he finds an unexpected companion in Arthur, a young mercenary, as he continues his mission to find Merlin and surrender an ancient sword. Over the course of his journey, Nimue will become a symbol of bravery and rebellion against the terrifying Red Paladins and King Uter.The trailer shows the new origin of the legend, narrated by Langford, and the first action scenes with a slow motion style that resounds in homage to 300 (2006), the famous adaptation of Frank Miller’s work by Zack Snyder. We will have to see if this particular (and a little demodé) election remains in the series as insistently as in the advancement. In the meantime, we already have a confirmed release date for July 17.
What would have happened if the sword chose a queen?
The series seems intended for the same audience that made The Witcher (2019) an unprecedented success for fantastic production on the streaming service late last year. The first season will have ten one-hour episodes each and also features performances by Devon Terrell (Ofelia, Barry) as Arthur and Gustaf Skarsgard (Westworld, Vikings) as Merlin. Creators Frank Miller and Tom Wheeler also officiate as executive producers of the series, run by Alex Boden (Sense8).
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