The much-anticipated Netflix offering The Sandman–based on Neil Gaiman’s eerie DC Comics series–is fleshing out its ensemble cast at frightening speed.
An even dozen actors this week signed on for the series, as reported by Variety, and will join previously announced lead Tom Sturridge, who will star as the enigmatic Dream.
The 10-episodes series–which doesn’t have an exact debut date at this time–is written by Gaiman, David S. Goyer and Allan Heinberg, who also serves as showrunner. Warner Bros. Television is the studio behind the project.
Building on the comic book, the show will follow Dream (aka Morpheus), an entity searching to find himself in the universe. The basic plot deals 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 story will also delve into “the people and places affected by Morpheus as he mends the mistakes he’s made in his vast existence.”
The recent additions to the cast include:
- Kirby Howell-Baptiste as Death, Dream’s wiser sister.
- Mason Alexander Park as Desire, Dream’s sibling.
- Donna Preston as Despair, Dream’s sister.
- Jenna Coleman as Johanna Constantine, exorcist and occultist for hire.
- Niamh Walsh as young Ethel Cripps, a betrayed young woman looking to survive.
- Joely Richardson as Ethel Cripps, master thief and woman of a thousand identities.
- David Thewlis as John Dee, Ethel’s son, who is dangerously insane.
- Kyo Ra as Rose Walker, a young woman searching for her missing brother.
- Stephen Fry as Gilbert, protector of Rose Walker.
- Razane Jammal as Lyta Hall, Rose’s best friend.
- Sandra James Young as Unity Kincaid, heiress and mysterious benefactor.
- Patton Oswalt as the voice of The Raven, Dream’s trusted emissary.
The Sandman DC comic book– created by Gaiman, Sam Kieth and Mike Dringenberg–ran for 75 issues from 1989-1996 and won critical acclaim from all corners, landing on the New York Times bestseller list.
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