Arthurian heroin for Netflix
From Excalibur by John Boorman and Game Of Thrones to Monty Python and The Witcher, medieval times continue to inspire fiction with generally successful results. This time it’s Frank Miller (Sin City, 300) and Tom Wheeler who revisit the Arthurian legend with a powerful story about the future Lady of the Lake, alias Nimue. To play the role of this girl with mystical powers who has to bring the sword Excalibur to Merlin, Australian actress Katherine Langford was elected. And she’s certainly the main asset of the Netflix show, with its dreamlike aesthetic.
Ultra-credible in this role of heroine who approaches every trial with courage, she trained for weeks before rising to the challenge. Learning to ride a horse, to speak an ancient English dialect and handle a sword, plunging unashamedly into mud and swamps, she really impressed the makers of the series. She even sings the theme tune “I Could Be Your King.” Thus we follow the non-stop adventures of this powerful and feminist character who isn’t a princess serving a king, but a rebel who takes her own path, discovering herself along the way. In the first episode, she is denounced as a witch, which was the norm for anyone who didn’t fit in back then. If the actresses power to enchant works so well, it is undoubtedly because she totally identified with the heroine in spite of the historical and magical context. The tormented and unstable character of Nimue spoke to her, as did her determination to overcome all tribulations. The Australian who now works in Los Angeles, has almost always lived on the road… without roots, apart from that of her newly found Hollywood fame.