Netflix's Upcoming Fantasy Series Retells the Arthurian Legends With a Female Protagonist

It stars 13 Reason Why's Katherine Langford as the powerful main heroine.

( For almost the entirety of the 2010s, Game of Thrones dominated the fantasy genre on television when it aired from 2011 to 2019. Since the show's successful eight-year run, audiences have been treated to many other shows and films tackling similar themes and supernatural elements like Netflix originals The WitcherLocke and KeyThe Last Kingdom, and the upcoming mythology-based series Kaos. If you love tales filled with thrilling plotlines, fantastical elements, perilous journeys, and the like, here's something you may want to add to your to-watch list: Netflix's upcoming series Cursed could be your newest fantasy drama addiction!

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Based on the illustrated novel of the same name by Frank Miller and Tom Wheeler, Cursed stars 13 Reasons Why's Katherine Langford as Nimue, a young woman gifted with mysterious powers who is destined to become the Lady of the Lake. Bookworms and lit geeks may recognize the name Lady of the Lake as the enchantress associated with the Arthurian legends—you'll be happy to know that this fantasy drama is a retelling of the medieval classic, albeit from a woman's perspective. You probably recall the legend as the tale of a young man attempting to retrieve a magical sword from a stone in order to become king, but "what if the sword chose a queen?" reads the show's tagline. We're already excited to see this age-old tale put a heroine in the spotlight for a change!

13 Reasons Why's Katherline Langford stars as Nimue, a young woman with mystical powers destined to become the Lady of the Lake.
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Devon Terrell plays Arthur, a mercenary based on the titular character from the classic medieval legends. 
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The series follows Nimue as she teams up with the mercenary Arthur (yup, that Arthur, played by Devon Terrellin their quest to find the sorcerer Merlin, played by Gustaf Skarsgård (son to veteran actor Stellan Skarsgård and brother to True Blood's Alexander Skarsgård) and deliver an ancient sword. As they go through their journey, Nimue also catalyzes a rebellion against the Red Paladins and their leader King Uther. Fans of The Hunger Games' female-led insurgency will enjoy seeing Langford playing a similar role as Cursed's powerful protagonist.

Nimue and Arthur team up on a quest to find Merlin and retrieve an ancient sword.
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Gustaf Skarsgård plays the mythical sorcerer Merlin.
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If you enjoy watching retellings of ancient stories and seeing fantastical depictions of nobility, you wouldn't want to miss this series.
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As they go about their journey, Nimue and Arthur encounter challenges they need to overcome as well as fantastical creatures of all sorts.
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In her quest to find Merlin, Nimue becomes the face of a rebellion against the oppressive Red Paladins.
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Cursed is set to release on Netflix some time between June to August 2020.


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