Netflix has revealed the full cast of its upcoming adaptation of Neil Gaiman’s comic book mega-sale Sandman – and it’s absolutely packed with big names.
New cast members include Kirby Howell-Baptiste as Death, Stephen Fry as Gilbert, and Doctor Who’s Jenna Coleman as Johanna Constantine – an ancestor of popular DC Comics magical character John Constantine in the comics. Other cast members include Harry Potter’s David Thewlis, Marvel’s MODOK’s Patton Oswalt, and Nip / Tuck’s Joely Richardson.
These join already announced actors Tom Sturridge, Gwendoline Christie, Vivienne Acheampong, Charles Dance, Sanjeev Bhaskar, Asim Chaudhry and Boyd Holbrook.
Filming for the series began quietly in October 2020, and we have learned almost nothing about the series so far, other than that Wonder Woman screenwriter Allan Heinberg is working on the series with Gaiman and the prolific writer of comic book adaptation David S Goyer. 10 episodes have been ordered for the show.
Here is Netflix’s logic for the series: “A rich blend of modern myth and dark fantasy in which contemporary fiction, historical drama and legend are perfectly interwoven, The Sandman follows the people and places touched by Morpheus, the King. dreams, as he mends the cosmic – and human – mistakes he has made in his vast existence. “
Honestly, if you haven’t read the comics, you might have to see them to really understand why this dark fantasy show is so compelling. Sturridge plays Morpheus on the series, which does not yet have a release date, but will likely be released at some point next year.
Here’s the official Netflix cast announcement:
Jenna Coleman, David Thewlis, Stephen Fry, Patton Oswalt, Joely Richardson, Kirby Howell-Baptiste, Mason Alexander Park, Donna Preston, Niamh Walsh, Kyo Ra, Razane Jammal and Sandra James Young will co-perform alongside Tom Sturridge and Gwendolyn Christie in The Sandman! pic.twitter.com/tlQ97I0xySMay 26, 2021
Analysis: why you should care about the Sandman
The Sandman was a big bet for Netflix, back when it secured the show in 2019. Even though Sandman is owned by Warner Bros., HBO decided not to make the show due to a price tag. apparently huge, according to THR – which is interesting, given that the streaming service HBO Max is betting big on upcoming DC series like Green Lantern, and that it has taken a big step towards more adult comic book adaptations with its Watchmen television show.
Still, that could make it a big win for Netflix in the long run. The Sandman comic began in 1988 and is among the most widely circulated comics ever published. All these years later, his appeal is still relevant today, in part thanks to Gaiman’s mainstream success as an author.
Netflix still hasn’t had a run-of-the-mill success story with any comic book adaptation other than perhaps the first season of Daredevil, but there’s no doubt about the potential of the source material, here. Let’s see if it works well.