On July 17, Cursed premieres on Netflix, and now we have the trailer to clarify a bit what it will look like. It’s based on the book of the same name by Thomas Wheeler, illustrated by Frank Miller — which is not, by the way, a graphic novel. Miller provides 38 illustrations (8 color, 30 black-and-white) within Wheeler’s 416-page young-adult novel.
We all know the Arthurian legend Cursed plays with — Arthur goes to the lake (which is perhaps in Avalon, texts don’t always say) where “the Lady of the Lake, her arm clad in the purest shimmering silmite held aloft Excalibur from the bosom of the water…” And just like that, he’s king.
Who is this lady, though, and what is she doing in this bloody lake? Well, that’s where Cursed comes in, telling the tale of Nimue, a young woman who finds the sword first and, eventually, pays the price for it. Over 10 episodes, Netflix’s series will tell her story, which, as we know, ends up with her confined to a watery prison. Here’s the trailer already:
So it’s swords-and-sorcery (duh), and entertainment writers are saying it hopes to be the next Game of Thrones or at least Witcher. (Buzz.ie has the wishful headline “Netflix’s ‘Cursed’ new series set to rival Game of Thrones and The Witcher” — hmm.) But for those of us who’ve spent a little more time in these worlds, calling these shows similar because they all have swords and magic is a little like calling Dirty Harry and James Bond similar because they both carry a gun and wear a tie.
Cursed is sure to get a warm reception, not only because it’s constantly tied to Frank Miller, but also because its star, Katherine Langford, is a favorite of Netflix viewers from 13 Reasons Why.
What do you think — looking forward to this one?