Netflix Announces Cast Additions for Neil Gaiman’s ‘The Sandman’

by Sean McLaughlin

Streaming entertainment giant Netflix announced multiple additions to the cast of its upcoming adaptation of The Sandman, Neil Gaiman’s wildly popular and successful comic book series. The announcements are welcome news to fans, as various projects have been “in the works” based on the comic series since the 1990s.  The most recent project seemingly in development was a feature film directed by and starring Joseph Gordon-Levitt.

Netflix revealed that Tom Sturridge (On The Road), Gwendoline Christie (Game of Thrones), Vivienne Acheampong (The Witches), Boyd Holbrook (The Predator), Charles Dance (Game of Thrones), Asim Chaudhry (Black Mirror) and Sanjeev Bhaskar (Yesterday) are all confirmed for the series in various roles.  Here is the full list of the actors and characters they will be portraying, as provided by Deadline:

  • Tom Sturridge is Dream, Lord of Dreaming
  • Gwendoline Christie is Lucifer, Ruler of Hell
  • Vivienne Acheampong is Lucienne, 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 is Roderick Burgess, Charlatan, blackmailer and magician
  • Asim Chaudry is Abel and Sanjeev Bhaskar is Cain, the first victim and the first predator, residents and loyal subjects of the Dream Realm

The Sandman graphic novel series focuses on Dream, also known by other names including Morpheus, who is one of the seven Endless (Destiny, Death, Desire, Despair, Delirium (formerly Delight), and Destruction).  Dream is the personification of all dreams and stories, and also has shape-shifting ability.  It’s a complicated story, but one that has gained a massive following since Gaiman’s first issue was released back in January of 1989.  The Netflix series is said to be ” a rich blend of modern myth and dark fantasy in which contemporary fiction, historical drama and legend are seamlessly interwoven”, according to the statement.  The Sandman is a property of DC Comics.

Stay tuned to HNN for more news on the Netflix adaptation of The Sandman as it breaks!

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