Before it had a king, Excalibur chose a queen. Photosource: Netflix.

We’ve all heard of King Arthur, the time-honored legend of a circular table, a group of guys taking some vows and going on adventures, and a sword that has some strong preferences. There’s a bunch of stuff in between but best not dwell on that. The fact is, after countless remakes, we have yet to get a movie or tv show about King Arthur that is actually good. But how can that be? This story has been around since the twelfth century, yet it seems no one can put together a decent tv show or movie about it.

Do not try and convince me King Arthur: Legend of the Sword from 2017 is the one, okay? Yes, Charlie Hunnam was great, but he’d be great in anything. It was cast well but that movie had a lot of problems and you know it. Let us move on, because the curse may be finally broken by the one and only production giant, Netflix. 

Netflix just dropped the trailer for their upcoming show, Cursed. If you haven’t seen it let’s just say that we finally have a King Arthur legend that shows some promise!

The trailer may have only been about a minute long, but we got a lot of action-packed in those brief sixty seconds. Here’s what we know so far. 

Unlike past versions of this tale, Arthur is put on the backburner of this story and the limelight is instead on a young woman named Nimue. Her village is being attacked by the Red Paladins, a group that wants to “cleanse the world of [their] kind…because magic runs through us.” 

Yet, it doesn’t look like magic is what will make Nimue deadly here. After the death of her mother, Nimue teams up with a mercenary who happens to be named Arthur in a quest to find the famous wizard, Merlin, and deliver the ancient sword of Excalibur to save her people. Again, we all know how this goes and who the sword will ultimately belong to, but the way she wields it clearly shows that before the sword belonged to a king, it chose a queen. 

Destined to become the Lady of the Lake, Nimue will set out to avenge her family and challenge corruption. Through her journey, she will become a symbol of rebellion and resistance that serves to unite her people against the violent Red Paladins, their ruthless King Uther, and the elimination of their kind. Besides the complete switch in the narrative here, this new dark fantasy twist on the story looks like it might actually be able to breathe some new life into the treasured tale and create a version of King Arthur that’s worth seeing. Magic has always been a part of the story, but now being able to see how it works, who wields it, and who wants those people gone, makes it a whole new ballgame. Fingers crossed for it to be as good as it looks. 

The series is based on a graphic novel of the same name by Frank Miller and Tom Wheeler and has been adapted into ten episodes for this first season. Cursed will officially be released on July 17th.