In the wake of Game of Thrones, Netflix has led the cost for brand new televised fantasy epics, with exhibits like The Witcher, The Dark Crystal, and The Letter for the King amongst their unique productions. Next in line is Cursed, a reimagining of Arthurian legend primarily based on a e-book by TV author Tom Wheeler and comics author and illustrator Frank Miller. The new focus of the outdated legend is Nimue, The Lady of the Lake, who within the unique tales gifted King Arthur with the magic sword Excalibur. In Cursed, she’s the one destined to wield the sword.
During a go to to the UK set of Cursed, Katherine Langford (13 Reasons Why) admitted her data of the Arthurian fable was restricted, with some exceptions. “I positively noticed [the 2008 BBC series] Merlin once I was youthful rising up right here, in order that was my solely actual level of understanding the King Arthur legends,” she mentioned throughout some downtime from taking pictures. But that relative unfamiliarity, and the bodily demand of re-inventing a 1,000-year-old story, had been the explanations the actress needed to dive in. “This is the first fantasy audition that I ever got, and so I was really excited. Also it’s the first role I’ve ever had that required a physical component. There’s horse riding, sword fighting, running through things set on fire — it’s been a really different kind of process.”
For Langford, Cursed’s important twist was in centralizing the ladies typically glossed over even in fashionable updates of Arthurian fable. The actress noticed the worth in seeing this type of interpretation, saying, “I’ve heard of the Lady of the Lake and I’ve seen beautiful artwork of her, but there wasn’t a whole lot of information out there about her — we know the hero’s journey but we’re not so well-versed in the story of the heroine. And I think what makes it applicable now is that you’re getting to see the challenges that she specifically would face.”
As effectively as with this subversion of the traditional story, the present appears to be like to distinguish itself via manufacturing design. Langford praised Marianne Agertoft, the top of costume on Cursed, for “creating the most incredible costume pieces,” and Erika Ökvist, who gave the present an id via hair, make-up, and prosthetics. “They’re really making this a world that feels unique and otherworldly.”
The very performance of clothes was essential for sensible use, and in addition for attaining the imaginative and prescient of Nimue. “Back in the Middle Ages, there were so many things that prevented women from becoming these heroines,” Langford mentioned. “Something as basic as their clothes, the foundation of what you wear everyday. [Nimue] changes her look as we go throughout the series because of design but also for functionality, because when I first tried to get on a horse at the beginning of the season, I was wearing a dress and when I went to get on the saddle, I physically couldn’t get on.”
Not to say aesthetic attraction as effectively: “She starts off in what I would say is a glamorous potato sack. She starts off as a medieval nun, so it’s just like a giant sack that itches all day long. And then she has a transformation … standard medieval stuff but dope.”
Langford takes a beat earlier than elaborating, “She’s got some leather chaps that are pretty sick. I might steal them.”
Cursed premieres on Netflix on July 17