Netflix’s new fantasy series, Cursed, is slated to hit the streaming service this summer. It’s the latest iteration of the Arthurian legend, with the mythical feel of The Witcher, and epic fight scenes reminiscent of Game of Throne, all designed for a young adult and above audience. Cursed is introducing a slate of up and comers, and it’s Devon Terrell who’s putting the Arthur in Arthurian.
If Devon looks familiar to you, there’s a good reason. He first hit our screens back in 2016, portraying a young President Barack Obama during his college years, in Netflix’s brilliant biopic, Barry. At the time, Netflix wasn’t quite the entertainment behemoth it is now, so it kind of flew under the radar. The good news is, you can still catch his portrayal of Obama on the streaming service. Not only does it offer a glimpse into how the future 44th US president navigated his junior year at Columbia University, but Devon absolutely nails his iconic voice and mannerisms.
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Fast forward to 2020, and the Australian-American actor has joined the cast of Cursed, stepping into the boots of another well-known historical figure: teenaged mercenary who will one day become King Arthur (or so the legend goes). Cursed centres Nimue (played by Katherine Langford), who’s an outcast from her village for her dark, magical powers. But when her entire village is slaughtered, and her dying mother tasks her with returning the Sword of Power to Merlin. Along the way, she meets a mercenary named Arthur.
Devon’s casting as Arthur is significant in more ways than one. This is the first time the character of Arthur takes a backseat to a different leader (and a woman, no less), but it’s also the first time a Black actor has cast in this role — a role that’s historically been played by white actors. While visiting the Cursed set in London back in 2019, Devon told POPSUGAR that he’s excited for the release. “There’s not many fantasy characters for young, Black people — both male and female,” he said. “So it’s really exciting that young people of any ethnicity really, will be able to see themselves in this because I’m a young, mixed-race kid and I would have been so excited seeing myself up on the screen as well, when I was younger.”
Cursed will be released on Netflix this summer.