We’ve got ourselves a cast, folks! For what, you may ask? According to The Hollywood Reporter, Neil Gaiman‘s The Sandman has scored a sublime crop of players. The upcoming Netflix live-action adaptation made the announcement on Thursday.
Now, this comes a year and a half after Gaiman’s show, from the DC comic book series of the same name, was ordered by the streaming giant. We’ve got Tom Sturridge as Dream, the Lord of Dreaming. Game of Thrones‘ Gwendoline Christie will portray Lucifer, Ruler of Hell. Vivienne Acheampong plays Lucienne, the “chief librarian and trusted guardian of Dream’s realm.” Boyd Holbrook is The Corinthian, “an escaped nightmare who wishes to taste all that the world has in store.” Charles Dance will portray Roderick Burgess, a magician, charlatan and blackmailer. Asim Chaudhry will play Abel and Sanjeev Bhaskar will be Cain, the “first victim and the first predator.” Both are loyal subjects of the Dream Realm.
Netflix already has a description at the ready for The Sandman:
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.
Fun fact: Sturridge is taking on a role that was initially for Joseph Gordon-Levitt when The Sandman was being developed as a feature film for New Line in 2016. This current iteration of the fantasy comics will also serve as a mini Game of Thrones reunion with Christie and Dance on board.
Gaiman, who started The Sandman series over 30 years ago, is excited at the prospect of a live-action version.
For the last 33 years, The Sandman characters have breathed and walked around and talked in my head. I’m unbelievably happy that now, finally, they get to step out of my head and into reality. I can’t wait until the people out there get to see what we’ve been seeing as Dream and the rest of them take flesh, and the flesh belongs to some of the finest actors out there. This is astonishing, and I’m so grateful to the actors and to all of The Sandman collaborators — Netflix, Warner Bros., DC, to Allan Heinberg and David Goyer, and the legions of crafters and geniuses on the show — for making the wildest of all my dreams into reality.
The Sandman received an 11-episode series order at Netflix in June of 2019. At the time, it was purported to be the biggest financial undertaking for DC Entertainment. That is until Greg Berlanti upped the monetary ante with his announced Green Lantern HBO Max series.
I’m beyond excited to see Gaiman’s vision come to life. Netflix has the budget to make this dream come to fruition. Additionally, I’m so tickled to see Christie as Lucifer. That’ll be a fun role for her to sink her teeth into.
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