Netflix have just announced that Tom Sturridge, Vivienne Acheampong, Charles Dance, Asim Chaudhry, Sanjeev Bhaskar, Boyd Holbrook and Gwendoline Christie will be starring in the series adaptation of Neil Gaiman’s comic book series The Sandman.
The series is described as a rich blend of modern myth and dark fantasy in which contemporary fiction, historical drama and legend are seamlessly interwoven. The series follows the people and places affected by Morpheus, the Dream King, as he tries to fix all the cosmic and human mistakes he’s made during his vast existence.
Neil Gaiman released a statement saying:
For 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.
To Sturridge (whose credits include Sweetbitter and Velvet Buzzsaw) will be playing the role of Dream, Lord of Dreaming. Vivienne Acheampong (whose credits include The Witches and Famalam) will be playing the role of Lucienne, chief librarian and trusted guardian of Dream’s realm. Charles Dance (whose credits include Game of Thrones and Godzilla: King of the Monsters) will be playing the role of Roderick Burgess, a Charlatan, blackmailer and magician. Asim Chaudry (whose credits include People Just Do Nothing and Greed) and Sanjeev Bhaskar (whose credits include Yesterday and Unforgotten) will be playing the roles of Abel and Cain, the first victim and the first predator, residents and loyal subjects of the Dream realm. Boyd Holbrook (whose credits include In The Shadow Of The Moon and We Can Be Heroes) will be playing the role of The Corinthian, an escaped nightmare who wishes to taste all that the world has in store. Gwendoline Christie (whose credits include Game of Thrones and Star Wars: The Last Jedi) will be playing the role of Lucifer, Ruler of Hell.
Allan Heinberg will serve as showrunner on the series and will also serve as executive producer alongside Neil Gaiman and David S. Goyer, with the trio also co-writing the project.