Netflix has announced that it will present an adaptation of Neil Gaiman’s acclaimed graphic novel series The Sandman. The network has also announced the initial cast.
The main character, Dream, lord of The Dreaming and one of The Endless, seven siblings who embody various natural forces, will be played by Tom Sturridge, who most recently played Jake on the Starz series Sweetbitter.
Also in the initial cast are two actors known from Game of Thrones ― Charles Dance as Roderick Burgess, charlatan and magician, and Gwendoline Christie as Lucifer, ruler of Hell.
The cast for now also includes Sanjeev Bhaskar and Asim Chaudhry as Cain and Abel, Boyd Holbrook as escaped nightmare The Corinthian, and Vivienne Acheampong as Lucienne, chief librarian, and guardian of The Dreaming.
Perhaps the most anticipated of the lot is Death, Dream’s sister who he’s particularly close to, and she’ll be played by Kirby Howell-Baptiste (Barry, The Good Place, Killing Eve, etc).
Gaiman, who is co-writing and executive producing the series with David S. Goyer and Allan Heinberg, told Variety, “[f]or the last thirty-three 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.”