The trailer for CURSED, with Clive Russell, Richard Brake and Edward Judge, has dropped.
Based on the same-titled young adult novel by Frank Miller (the producer and writer behind 300) and Thomas Wheeler, Cursed tells the story of Nimue, the young sorceress whom some scholars believe is destined to become the formidable and mysterious Lady of the Lake. While Arthurian scholars debate which of medieval Britain’s many enchantresses ultimately became the Lady of the Lake, Nimue among them, Nimue is best known as the architect of Merlin’s downfall, as she imprisoned Merlin eternally in a cave or tree under an enchantment. Though she deprived him of his mentor, Nimue came to King Arthur’s aid on multiple occasions, rescuing him from assassination attempts and bearing his wounded body over the lake to heal on the mystical island of Avalon.
In Cursed, Miller and Wheeler reimagine Arthurian legend by envisioning a new story for Nimue. In their portrayal, Nimue is a teenage sorceress commanded by her dying mother to reunite an ancient sword with a legendary sorcerer. Traveling through the world alone, as her entire village has been slaughtered by invading forces, she soon teams up with a mercenary named Arthur; together they seek out Merlin to deliver the sword to him. Cursed flips the script of Arthurian legend, positing that it is not Arthur destined to wield Excalibur, but Nimue, who must use the sword to defeat the invading forces that ravaged her homeland, as well as the evil aims of King Uther Pendragon, Arthur’s father.
The whole series lands on Netflix on 17th July.