Cursed is described as "a re-imagining of the Arthurian legend, told through the eyes of Nimue, a teenage 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." Netflix has described the series as 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
- Peter Mullan as Father Carden
- Lily Newmark as Pym
- Shalom Brune-Franklin as Morgana ("Sister Igraine")
- Daniel Sharman as The Weeping Monk
- Sebastian Armesto as King Uther
- Catherine Walker as Lenore
- Emily Coates as Sister Iris
- Billy Jenkins as Squirrel
- Frank Miller (Co-Creator / Writer / Executive Producer)
- Tom Wheeler (Co-Creator / Writer / Executive Producer)
- Zetna Fuentes (Director / Executive Producer)
|Scorned as a witch, a young woman with powers leaves her village to start a new life — just as a ruthless army scours the countryside for her kind.|
|Shaken and alone, Nimue presses ahead on her quest, as flashbacks reveal a harrowing encounter years ago that changed the course of her life.|
|Waking in an abbey, Nimue finds herself surrounded by strangers and forced to tend to Red Paladins. Arthur sets out on an adventure of his own.|
| "The Red Lake"
|On her way to Gramaire, Nimue learns of a thriving Fey resistance. Merlin butters up Lord Rugen. Iris grows suspicious of Morgana.|
| "The Joining"
|Morgana urges Nimue to use the sword for leverage, Father Carden faces a bitter humiliation, and Uther loses patience with Merlin.|
| "Festa and Moreii"
|In the ruins of a castle, Nimue and Merlin finally meet face to face, and more secrets from the past come screaming to the surface.|
| "Bring Us In Good Ale"
|While Nimue, Morgana and Kaze seek refuge in an ancient web of tunnels, Arthur and Gawain fend off a siege led by the Weeping Monk.|
| "The Fey Queen"
|With Red Paladins closing in on the Fey hideout, Nimue hatches a bold plan to buy time and secure an escape for her people.|
|Nimue weighs a fateful decision, Uther takes a defiant step, and Gawain discovers not all is what it seems within the Red Paladin camp.|
| "The Sacrifice"
|With the future of the Fey hanging in the balance and enemies closing in from all sides, Nimue sets in motion the final pieces of her plan.|
On March 28, 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 upcoming novel of the same name by Frank Miller and Tom Wheeler that had itself been announced a week prior and was expected to be published by Simon & Schuster in 2019. The book, an illustrated young adult novel entitled Cursed, was set to have Wheeler write the story and Miller provide the illustrations. In addition to creating the television adaptation, Miller and Wheeler were also expected to executive produce the series as well. On September 12, 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 and that Katherine Langford had been cast in the series' lead role. In March 2019, it was announced Devon Terrell, Gustaf Skarsgard, Peter Mullan, Lily Newmark, Shalom Brune-Franklin, Daniel Sharman, Sebastian Armesto, Emily Coates and Billy Jenkins had joined the cast.