The day has finally come for us all to enter into the extraordinary world of Netflix’s much-anticipated series, Cursed. Starring the brilliant Katherine Langford as Nimue, Cursed is based off of the New York Times bestselling book written by Thomas Wheeler and illustrated by Frank Miller, and is a re-imagination of the Arthurian legend.
“Cursed is 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” (source: press release).
Langford’s Nimue embodies the spirit of women empowerment. She’s a warrior. She does everything in her power and defies all odds to save her people. Nimue is truly a character to admire.
The series is as remarkable as it is because of the creative forces behind it. From masterminds Tom Wheeler and Frank Miller and with the stellar work of the sensational cast comprising of Langford, Devon Terrell, Gustaf Skarsgård, and Daniel Sharman, Cursed is a beautifully-created series and is a great piece of cinematic art.
In each of the mesmerizing episodes, viewers will find themselves captivated by all of the breathtaking scenes, the great action and the magic that the cast brings to the wonderful series. In a discussion with the cast (now available to view on the special Cursed website), Langford talked about what was one of her craziest days on set of the show.
“It’s hard to pick just one,” said Langford. “But, I definitely think a standout was that day in summer where we shot episode eight. There’s a huge fight scene in episode eight. It was the hottest day the UK has ever had. Red Paladins were essentially in blankets and me with my three layers of leather. Summer also happens to be, ironically, wasp season in the UK, and I’d progressively be covered more and more in blood, which is like jam or like syrup, so I’d get up after this fight scene and be running away from these wasps that would attach to my armor, so it was a very eventful day, but it was one of my favorite stories in hindsight.”
If you’ve been looking for an amazing show to binge-watch, look no further as Cursed is finally here. With the perfect blend of fantasy and a countless amount of thrilling and incredibly gripping moments, there’s no doubt that Cursed will be the number one trending show on Netflix globally.
We all will be absolutely fan-girling over this series, but even the stars of the show had their own moments that made them say “oh em gee.” For Gustaf Skarsgård, who plays none other than the most renowned wizard, Merlin, his awe-inspiring moment from working on the series was meeting author and show-runner, Thomas Wheeler!
“There are so many [moments], but it was that first meeting with [Thomas Wheeler] because I wasn’t 100% sure in who’s hands is this material, who’s going to bring this to life, and it was during that first meeting that I was 100% sure that I was in the right company,” said Skarsgård. “The attention to details, like the first time I got to see my staff and the attention to detail in that, and all of the props, and all of the costumes, and the makeup and everything, it’s a dream come true…”
Devon Terrell, who plays Arthur, talked about what it was like to take on a character who has such a powerful destiny ahead.
“I guess it’s one of those things where obviously I’ll be starting at A and then we know he will eventually become king, or so we think,” said Terrell. “The interesting part is what’s going to happen in the middle, about adding all of those layers, so that we believe, when we get to the outcome, how that came to be. It was one of those things that it was a combination of things, but [Thomas Wheeler] and Frank never made me feel the pressure of playing King Arthur. I always felt like I’m playing Arthur and it’s about adding elements to him and I discovered new things every scene, so it was such an exciting process to go through.”
Known as The Weeping Monk, Daniel Sharman’s character truly is an intriguing one in the series. Sharman spoke with author Wheeler about how he embodied the mystifying character.
“I think when you and I talked in LA, I remember you and I had a few little references for this character, because he doesn’t say a lot, so we are really telling the story of this person through an internal conflict that’s going on throughout the series,” said Sharman. “The way that this person, who’s kind of completely irrelated, has obviously gone through a lot of trauma, the way that they express themselves is therefore going to be in how he fights. I was so particular about how I wanted [the fights] to look because they are an expression of his internal life and because I’m not saying a lot…”
The impeccable cast, crew, and the geniuses Tom Wheeler and Frank Miller truly created something phenomenal with this series. From the epic battle scenes, to the mystery, the trials and the triumphs, Cursed is a show that will have you completely hooked (and easily binge-watching it in one sitting!)
Alexisjoyvipaccess had the great opportunity to get a sneak peek at the new, interactive Cursed website, which includes a marvelous, AR Experience. On the website, which is now open to the public, you can explore your own power and start your journey with either water or fire, experience motion-censored activities and snap great photos to share on social media. Fans can explore the website and relish in the wonder of the series by meeting the characters, watching the aforementioned conversation between the cast and author / show-runner Wheeler, watch videos and more. You can visit the Cursed website, which is now live here.
Cursed is streaming now on Netflix – prepare to be left speechless by this exceptional series! Follow @Cursed on Instagram and @CursedNetflix on Twitter.