Netflix May Have Landed Lead For ‘The Sandman’ Series

by Thomas Tuna

The Netflix adaptation of DC Comics’ iconic The Sandman is moving along at warp speed this Halloween season.

Just a few days ago, Horror News Network reported that production on the live-action horror series is expected to start by mid-October and now, according to, the show is close to inking an actor to play the lead character of Dream. British actor Tom Sturridge reportedly is in serious talks for the coveted role.

Sturridge–who reportedly nosed out Tom York (Poldark) and Colin Morgan (Merlin) for the plum part–is perhaps best known for last year’s horror/comedy Velvet Buzzsaw and the 2015 adaptation of Far From the Madding Crowd.

The first 11-episode season–slated to air on Netflix sometime in 2021–is based on the first The Sandman graphic novel, Preludes and Nocturnes. Neil Gaiman, who co-created the DC comic book character, will co-write the show and act as executive producer alongside David S. Goyer. Wonder Woman scribe Allan Heinberg also will co-write the scripts. Rounding out the behind-the-camera talent will be cinematographer George Steel (Black Mirror) and director Toby Haynes (Sherlock).

As comic book fans know, The Sandman scenario follows Dream (aka Morpheus), an entity searching to find himself in the universe. As explained, the story concerns itself with “the power of stories and how they can evolve, and how Morpheus–the Lord of Dreams–is captured and learns that change often is inevitable.”

The series, according to Netflix, is a “rich blend of modern myth and dark fantasy in which contemporary fiction, historical drama and legend are seamlessly interwoven.” The show will follow “the people and places affected by Morpheus as he mends the cosmic–and human–mistakes he’s made during his vast existence.”

No exact debut date has been set for The Sandman on Netflix, so keep reading Horror News Network for all the juicy details.

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