In 2019, Netflix announced that they would be adapting Neil Gaiman’s popular comic series The Sandman (originally created for DC Comics in 1989), but little has been said about the series until now. This week, Netflix revealed the main casting for their new dark fantasy series.
Netflix have described The Sandman as “a rich blend of modern myth and dark fantasy in which contemporary fiction, historical drama and legend are seamlessly interwoven, The Sandman follows the people and places affected by Morpheus, the Dream King, as he mends the cosmic — and human — mistakes he’s made during his vast existence.”
The series will star Tom Sturridge (The Boat That Rocked, Being Julia) as Dream, the Lord of the Dreaming, and will co-star Gwendoline Christie (Game of Thrones, The Force Awakens) as Lucifer, the Ruler of Hell. The Sandman will reunite Christie with her Game of Thrones co-star, Charles Dance, who is set to play Roderick Burgess, a charlatan and magician.
The show will also feature Vivienne Acheampong (The Witches) as Lucienne, the Librarian of the Dreaming and trusted guardian of Dream’s realm, as well as Boyd Holbrook (Narcos, Logan) as the Corinthian, an escaped nightmare who wishes to taste everything the world has to offer.
Asim Chaudhry (Black Mirror: Bandersnatch, People Just Do Nothing) will be portraying Abel, the first victim, and Sanjeev Bhaskar (Yesterday, Unforgotten) will play Cain, the first predator, both of whom both live in the Dream realm.
Neil Gaiman has previously created American Gods and Good Omens, all of which have been adapted into successful TV shows. Gaiman will take on the role of executive producer alongside Allan Heinberg (Wonder Woman) and David S. Goyer (The Dark Knight).
There have been no dates announced for The Sandman yet, but it is likely it will be released in 2021.
Words by Emily Shepherd
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