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Katherine Langford To Star In Netflix’s Arthurian Series ‘Cursed’

DEADLINE – Former 13 Reasons Why star Katherine Langford is returning to Netflix as the lead, Nimue, in Cursed, the Internet network’s upcoming series from famed comic book writer/artist Frank Miller (Sin City) and writer/producer Tom Wheeler (Puss In Boots), which takes on a key character from the King Arthur legend, Lady of the Lake.

Zetna Fuentes (Ray Donovan, Jessica Jones) will direct and serve as an executive producer on the first two episodes of the 10-episode series, based on Miller and Wheeler’s upcoming illustrated YA book of the same name.

Cursed is a re-imagination of the Arthurian legend, told through the eyes of Nimue (Langford), a teenage heroine with a mysterious gift who is destined to become the powerful (and tragic) Lady of the Lake. It is 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.

Miller and Wheeler created and executive produce the series, with Wheeler serving as writer and showrunner. Silenn Thomas co-executive produces.

Wheeler is writing the companion book, with Miller providing full-color and black-and-white illustrations. It will be published in fall 2019 by Simon & Schuster. This is believed to be the first time the same creative team will be writing a book and TV series based on it simultaneously as they get to explore the characters from the book in more detail on screen.

Langford played the lead, Hannah Baker, on the first two seasons of Netflix’s hit teen drama 13 Reasons Why, landing a Golden Globe nomination for the role.

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Katherine for L’Officiel Paris (June/July)

Katherine is on the cover of the June/July issue of L’Officiel Paris. This is definitely one of my favorite shoots of hers. The gallery has been updated with outtakes from the photoshoot and digital scans.

L’OFFICIEL – We met Katherine Langford, star of 13 Reasons Why and Love, Simon in Los Angeles, where the young Australian spoke about acclimating to her newfound star status.

With her tormented interpretation of Hannah Baker, a teenager pushed to suicide, Katherine Langford has touched an entire generation and has even been nominated for Best Actress at the 2018 Golden Globes. Not bad for a beginner!

A 22-year-old Australian with natural beauty and who feels comfortable in her skin, is also crazy talented, with an innate sense of vintage classiness and lack of pretension. She also appears opposite Greg Berlanti in Love, Simon. The girl was made for showbusiness and evidently, her lucky star has caught up with her.

13 Reasons Why has been increasingly talked about in the press due to its controversial nature. It’s also your first major role, right?

It’s pretty amazing to have had the chance to start with the role of Hannah. But just because the themes of the series were so intense, I did not immediately realize the scope. I was focused on wanting to do well, to prepare for my “difficult” scenes, I did not immediately understand the social impact that the series was going to have.

And now, a year and a half later, you’re one of Hollywood’s rising stars and have over 8 million followers on Instagram. How does it feel?

Instagram, I didn’t care. I did not want to do this job for the celebrity. It was Selena Gomez, producer of 13 Reasons Why, who convinced me to be accessible on social networks, in order to establish a link with the young people in distress who identified themselves as Hannah. Today, many schools use our series to educate students and their parents about suicide. It’s very touching.

It is said that your piano playing was inspired by a Lady Gaga concert, is this true?

Nobody in my family is in show business. As I was captain of a swimming team at school, if I had had a vocation, it should have been the sport. Or health, or a public service job. On the other hand, I always liked music, at 9 years old I started to take singing lessons, and that’s when I saw Lady Gaga in concert at 16 in Perth, the city where I grew up, I had a revelation! That same evening, I put myself alone at the piano.

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Katherine Langford for Marie Claire (May 2018)

Kat is one of the five fresh faces for Marie Claire’s fifth-annual Fresh Faces issue. Kat is looking gorgeous on the cover!

MARIE CLAIREON HOW FILMING 13 REASONS WHY AFFECTED HER:
“It takes a toll emotionally and physically…Even if you’re not going through these things, you have to evoke it. It’s hard for your body to discern.”

ON HOW SELENA GOMEZ ENCOURAGED HER TO CONNECT WITH HER FANS VIA SOCIAL MEDIA:
“I want to be able to talk to them in a way that is helpful. But I need to give myself the time to be who I need to be.”

ON THE BEST PART OF GOING HOME TO PERTH, AUSTRALIA:
“I like going out in outrageous costumes and weird makeup. Being in the public eye, you get robbed of your anonymity, then if people take photos of you dressed a certain way, it suddenly becomes your image. The wonderful thing about going home and having balance is that you gain freedom over yourself again.”

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13 Reasons Why’ New Season 2 Intro Tackles Suicide, Abuse & More

TV INSIDER – As one of the most provocative shows of 2017, 13 Reasons Why tackled hard-to-talk-about subjects in a brutally honest way, and now Netflix is openly acknowledging its impact with a new intro.

The streaming service conducted a study commissioned by Northwestern University’s Center on Media and Human Development that surveyed teens and parents about the show’s impact. In a post on the service’s blog, Netflix VP of Original Series Brian Wright shared results of the study, revealing that 71 percent of teens found the show to be relatable.

Other stats include: More than 50 percent apologized to peers for the way they’d previously treated them, and almost 75 percent said they try to be more considerate to others after the show. Nearly 70 percent of parents would like the cast to speak candidly on how to get support, which is what lead to the show’s new intro, featuring stars Dylan Minnette, Katherine Langford, Alisha Boe, and Justin Prentice. And over 50 percent of parents are looking for more resources, prompting Netflix to launch 13ReasonsWhy.Info.

The intro will be played before episodes, both as a warning to and show of support for viewers.

“13 Reasons Why is a fictional series that tackles tough real-world issues taking a look at sexual assault, substance abuse, and more,” Prentice addresses the audience.

“By shedding a light on these difficult topics, we hope our show can help start a conversation,” Langford continues.

“But if you are struggling with these issues yourself, this series may not be right for you, or you may want to watch it with a trusted adult,” Boe warns.

“And if you ever feel you need someone to talk with, reach out to a parent, a friend, a school councilor, or an adult you trust, call a local helpline or go to 13ReasonsWhy.info,” Minnette concludes.

The series, which focused on Hannah Baker’s (Langford) suicide—and the consequences leading up to and following that event—stirred up controversy for it’s blunt depiction of sensitive topics. Netflix also released that the second season will have an after show featuring experts, the cast, and educators equipped to handle the heavy topics.

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Katherine Attends ‘Love, Simon’ Australian Premiere

Today, Kat attended the Love, Simon Australian premiere in Syndey. Kat looked dazzling in a Dolce&Gabbana dress, Jimmy Choo shoes, and Tiffany & Co jewelry.

Several HQ photos have now been added to the gallery! Be sure you are following us on twitter: @katlangfordfan.

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