Cursed (2020 TV series)
|Country of origin||United States|
|No. of seasons||1|
|No. of episodes||10|
|Production location(s)||United Kingdom|
|Running time||48–59 minutes|
|Original release||July 17, 2020|
Cursed is an British-American fantasy drama web television series, based on the illustrated novel of the same name by Frank Miller and Tom Wheeler, that premiered on Netflix on July 17, 2020. The set location of the series is United Kingdom.
Writing for Deadline, Nellie Andreeva describes Cursed as "a re-imagining of the Arthurian legend, told through the eyes of Nimue, a young heroine 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 young 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." In another piece on that site, Andreeva calls the show "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".
Cast and characters
- Katherine Langford as Nimue
- Devon Terrell as Arthur
- Gustaf Skarsgård as Merlin
- Daniel Sharman as Weeping Monk / Lancelot
- Sebastian Armesto as King Uther
- Lily Newmark as Pym
- Peter Mullan as Father Carden
- Shalom Brune-Franklin as Igraine / Morgana
- Bella Dayne as Red Spear / Guinevere
- Matt Stokoe as Green Knight / Gawain
- Emily Coates as Sister Iris
- Polly Walker as Lady Lunete, Queen Regent
- Billy Jenkins as Squirrel/Percival
- Adaku Ononogbo as Kaze
- Catherine Walker as Lenore, Nimue's mother
- Jóhannes Haukur Jóhannesson as Cumber, the Ice King
- Sofia Oxenham as Eydis, eldest daughter to Cumber
- Clive Russell as Wroth, Chief of the Tusks
- Sophie Harkness as Sister Celia
- Aidan Knight as Cups, a Kingsman
- Andrew Whipp as Jonah
- Nickolaj Dencker Schmidt as Dof
- Peter Guinness as Sir Ector
- Olafur Darri Olafsson as Rugen the Leper King
|No.||Title||Directed by||Teleplay by||Original release date |
|1||"Nimue"||Zetna Fuentes||Tom Wheeler||July 17, 2020|
|2||"Cursed"||Zetna Fuentes||Tom Wheeler||July 17, 2020|
|3||"Alone"||Daniel Nettheim||Janet Lin||July 17, 2020|
|4||"The Red Lake"||Daniel Nettheim||Rachel Shukert||July 17, 2020|
|5||"The Joining"||Daniel Nettheim||Leila Gerstein||July 17, 2020|
|6||"Festa and Moreii"||Jon East||William Wheeler||July 17, 2020|
|7||"Bring Us In Good Ale"||Jon East||Tom Wheeler||July 17, 2020|
|8||"The Fey Queen"||Jon East||Robbie Thompson||July 17, 2020|
|9||"Poisons"||Sarah O'Gorman||Tom Wheeler||July 17, 2020|
|10||"The Sacrifice"||Sarah O'Gorman||Tom Wheeler||July 17, 2020|
In 2018 it was announced that Netflix had given the production a series order for a first season consisting of ten episodes. The show is based on the novel of the same name by Frank Miller and Tom Wheeler (Simon & Schuster 2019). In addition to creating the television adaptation, Miller and Wheeler were also expected to executive produce the series as well. In September 2018 it was announced that Zetna Fuentes is set to direct and serve as an executive producer for the first two episodes of the series.
In September 2018, Katherine Langford was cast in the series' lead role. In March 2019, it was announced Devon Terrell, Gustaf Skarsgård, Peter Mullan, Lily Newmark, Shalom Brune-Franklin, Daniel Sharman, Sebastian Armesto, Emily Coates and Billy Jenkins had joined the cast. Creator Frank Miller appears in a cameo.
In January 2019, set building began on disused Army land in Deepcut, England. This was expected to continue until March 2019, with filming then scheduled to start and continue until September 2019.
The series was released on Netflix on July 17, 2020.
Review aggregator Rotten Tomatoes compiled 47 reviews, identified 68% of them as positive, and assessed an average rating of 6.03/10. The website's critics consensus states, "Cursed's first season isn't as subversive as its source material, but strong plotting and a heroic performance from Katherine Langford make for an enjoyable escape." Metacritic, which uses a weighted average, assigned the show a score of 57 out of 100 based on 11 reviews, indicating "mixed or average reviews". Lucy Mangan from The Guardian criticized the writing and the acting, but wrote that "at times during its 10 beautifully meaningless hours, it's great fun". Huw Fullerton of Radio Times also opined about the "awkward performances and exposition" while saying that the series "never quite feels big enough to tell this epic story [...] but overall the storytelling does a good job of showcasing varied, interesting characters in a growing cycle of violence."
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