Last year, news broke that Netflix had green-lit a TV series based on “The Sandman,” Neil Gaiman’s popular fantasy series that helped launch the Vertigo comic book imprint and define a new era of boundary-pushing titles from DC. The series started filming last year, though news on the show was sparse and the cast remained unknown… until now.
The series is famous for Gaiman’s use of anthropomorphic personification in various metaphysical entities, while also blending mythology and history and setting it within the DC Universe. Neil Gaiman summerizes The Sandman as “The Lord of Dreams learns that one must change or die, and makes his decision.”
The original series ran for 75 issues spread across seven years from the January of 1989 to the March of 1996.
Over the years various attempts have been made to bring the story to live action and finally fans of the series can now see this happen. Netflix had signed on for producing the project and after what seems to be an “eternity” we finally have news on the Casting of the series.
This morning, Netflix’s Twitter account gave us our first look at some of “The Sandman’s” core cast, and it’s certainly exciting. Take a look at what was announced in this gallery, then join us below for some discussion.
Tom Sturridge, who was nominated for Tony Award for the Best Actor for his performance in the Broadway play “Orphans,” has been cast as the Lord of Dreams himself –– Morpheus. Gwendoline Christie, most noted for portraying Brienne of Tarth on the hit HBO show Game of Thrones and Captain Phasma in the Star Wars Sequel trilogy, has been cast as the Ruler of Hell, Lucifer.
Other announcements include Vivienne Achempong as Lucienne the “Liberian of the Dreaming”, Charles Dance as Roderick Burgess the “Charlatan and Magician” human magician and leader of the cult that captures Dream, Sanjeev Bhaskar as Cain “the First Preditor,” Asim Chaudhry as Abel “the First Victim” and lastly Boyd Holbrook as The Corinthian an escaped nightmare created by Dream (Morpheus).
The show will air on Netflix and has Allen Heinberg, Neil Gaimen and David S. Goyer as executive producers. The show is set to release in 2021 but is subject to possible change due to the pandemic.
Sandman is a Comic Book written by Neil Gaiman and was published by DC Comics under the Vertigo imprint.