Dreams Come True. The Sandman finally turns into a TV series and approaches Netflix.
Hugely popular Neil Gaiman comicgood omensAmerican Gods, which was originally published between 1989 and 1996, received a 10-episode first season.
There have been many failed attempts to turn The Sandman into a movie or TV series over the past 30 years, but Netflix and Gaiman have finally found the right creative team and actors to bring the supernatural fantasy series to life.
Here’s everything you need to know about the Netflix series The Sandman…
When will The Sandman be released on Netflix?
Watch The Sandman on Netflix August 5th.
Season 1 has 10 episodes.
The Sandman trailer from Netflix
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The cast of The Sandman
Tom Sturridge plays “Infinity Dream”
The main character of the show, Dream, is one of the seven Endless, inconceivably powerful beings, older and more powerful than the gods.
A dream is both the lord and the personification of all dreams and stories, all that is not in reality.
Gwendoline Christie plays Lucifer
Once the ruler of hell and a fallen angel. In the original comics, the drawings were based on David Bowie.
Sanjeev Bhaskar – plays Kain
Aseem Chaudhry plays Abel
In Gaiman’s The Sandman, Cain and Abel live in Dreaming at the Invitation of the Dream.
Gaiman’s Cain is an aggressive, domineering character. This is a thin, long-legged man with an angular, long face, wearing glasses, with a thick beard and hair gathered in two points above the ears.
Abel is a nervous but kind-hearted person who stutters.
Charles Dance – plays Roderick Burgess
The Lord Mage of the Order of the Ancient Mysteries, Burgess, is a selfish man whose sole purpose is to gain money, power, and immortality.
Vivien Achempong – played by Lucien
Keeper of Dreams in the absence of Sleep and one of the most faithful and reliable servants. Their main function is to protect the Library, which contains every book that has ever been dreamed of, including those that have never been written.
Boyd Holbrook – plays the Corinthian
A nightmare created by Dream that has two extra mouths instead of eyes.
Kirby Howell-Baptiste – plays death
Neil Gaiman said, “Sister Dream is wiser, sweeter, and much smarter. It’s a lot more difficult to cast than you might imagine (well, at least than I imagined). Hundreds of talented women from all over the planet auditioned and they were brilliant and none of them were right. Someone who could tell the truth to Dream on the one hand, but was also the person you’d like to meet when your life is done on the other. And then we saw Kirby Howell-Baptiste (s/he) audition and we knew we had Death.”
Mason Alexander Park – Plays Desire
Neil Gaiman said: “Dream sister and whatever you want, whatever you want and whoever you are. Desire is also a problem for dreams. Families are complex. and threw their hat into the ring. We were thrilled when they got the part.”
Donna Preston – plays Despair
Neil Gaiman said: “Twin of Desire, sister of Dream. She is the moment when all hope is gone, the darkest of the Endless. Donna Preston (s/he) will play her and her performance is frightening and sad. You feel her pain.”
Jenna Coleman plays Joanna Constantine
Neil Gaiman said: “Eighteenth century occult adventurer, John Constantine’s great-great-great-grandmother. This Sandman character became so popular that she even had her own spin-off series. I created her to fill the role that John Constantine played in the past. When we broke season one, given that we knew we’d run into Joanna in the past, we wondered what would happen if we ran into a version of her in the present.
“We tried it, and the script was brighter, more energetic, and in some ways even more fun. So once we wrote it, we just had to play it. Jenna Coleman (s/he) gave us the Joanna of our dreams – tough, brilliant, cunning, stalked, and probably doomed.”
Niam Walsh / Joely Richardson as Ethel Cripps
Neil Gaiman said, “The love of Roderick Burgess, John Dee’s mother, plays a small but vital role in the comics, but as we told our story, it became more and more important. In the 1920s and 30s, she is played by Niamh Walsh (she/she): a devoted and determined young woman who strives to survive. These days, now a woman with a hundred personalities and a thousand lies, she is played by the brilliant Joely Richardson (s/he).”
David Thewlis plays John Dee
Neil Gaiman said: “Ethel’s son is dangerous. He’s been crazy for a long time. Now he is in search of the Truth that can destroy the world. the darkest places. We were lucky that David Thewlis (he/he) took part.”
Kyo Ra – played by Rose Walker
Neil Gaiman said: “A young woman on a desperate search for her missing brother who finds a family she didn’t know about and a connection to Dream that neither of them can escape. We needed someone young who could make you not worry as she goes to very dangerous places. After all, Boyd Holbrook’s Corinthian is waiting for her. Kyo Ra (she/she) achieves this as Rose.”
Razan Jammal – plays Lita Hall
Neil Gaiman said: “Rose’s friend, a young widow mourning her husband Hector. However, Rose is unaware that Hector has started appearing in Lita’s dreams. Or that strange things are happening. Razan Jammal (she/she) is Lita and she is amazing.”
Sandra James-Young as Unity Kincaid
Neil Gaiman said: “Heiress, Rose’s mysterious benefactor. She spent a century in her sleep. Now she has woken up, missing her life. She is played by Sandra James-Young (she/she).”
Stephen Fry plays Gilbert
Neil Gaiman said: “Charming defender Rose Walker. Hand brushstroke with paradox and cane for sword. Stephen Fry (he/he) is a national treasure and we sometimes forget that he is also a great actor. Seeing him in costume and make-up in the dailies made me blink: it was like a comic came to life.”
Patton Owalt plays Matthew
Neil Gaiman said: “A trusted emissary of Dream. Crow. I was expecting our animals to be CGI and was both stunned and excited when the dailies started coming in and Dream was talking to… well, a raven. The question was, can we find an actor that could make you care about a dead person who was now a bird in the Dreaming, someone who isn’t sure what’s going on, or is any of that a good idea? And can we find a voice artist who was also a Sandman fan who was in line to sign his Sandman comics? The answer was: we could if we asked Patton Oswalt (he/him). And Patton was the first person we asked, and the first person we chose, the day before we unveiled The Sandman to Netflix.
Mark Hamill plays Merv Pumpkinhead
Dream’s grumpy, cigar-smoking janitor: An animated scarecrow whose head is a gourd lantern.
Netflix’s The Sandman – First look at the set
Has The Sandman been adapted into a TV series or movie?
There have been many attempts to turn The Sandman into a movie or series, but all previous attempts have never made it to the screen.
Gaiman was looking for a director and team that could bring love and obsession to the project to match films like Peter Jackson’s The Lord of the Rings or Sam Raimi’s Spider-Man, but a suitable collaboration never materialized.
Speaking about his collaboration with Netflix, Gaiman said, “The fun of doing this as a Netflix series is that we’re not in a place where we’re throwing things away. In fact, the opposite is true.
“Sometimes that means a lot more stuff happens because we have room for it. But we never throw anything away and we never throw anything away. And that in itself is a complete joy.”
What is the Sandman comic about?
The Sandman is a “modern myth and dark fantasy” blending modern fantasy, historical drama and legend.
The Sandman follows the people and places affected by Morpheus, the Dream King, as he corrects the cosmic – and human – mistakes he made during his vast existence.
Here is the synopsis of this story:
There is another world that awaits us all when we close our eyes and fall asleep – a place called Dreaming, where the Sandman, the Dream Master (Tom Sturridge), gives shape to all our deepest fears and fantasies. But when Dream is unexpectedly captured and imprisoned for a century, his absence sets off a series of events that will forever change both the dream world and the waking world.
To restore order, Dream must travel across different worlds and timelines to right the wrongs he has made during his vast existence, revisiting old friends and enemies and meeting new entities, both cosmic and human, along the way.
What stories about the Sandman will be in the first season?
Neil Gaiman has confirmed that the first 10 episodes will cover the first volume of The Sandman, Preludes and Nocturnes, and will also begin covering the second volume of A Doll’s House.
Who makes the series?
Neil Gaiman is working closely with Netflix on a series that he says will be a faithful adaptation of the comic.
The creative team also includes Allan Heinberg (Wonder Woman) as showrunner and writer, and David D. Goyer (The Dark Knight) as writer and executive producer.
And if anyone has any complaints about the casting or adaptation flaws, Gaiman has some strong words for you.
“I don’t give a shit about work,” Gaiman tweeted. “I spent 30 years successfully fighting bad Sandman movies. I don’t give a damn about people who don’t understand/haven’t read The Sandman whining about non-binary Desire or that Death isn’t white enough. Watch the show, decide for yourself.”
One significant difference from the comic book series is that the show will be updated 30 years later, so the events take place in the present day.
What other series by Neil Gaiman have been?
In recent years, Gaiman’s fantasy novels have finally made their way to television.
Good Omens, starring David Tennant and Michael Sheen, was a hit on Prime Video and will return for season 2 soon.
The popular Netflix series Lucifer was based on the character from the Sandman comic.
American Gods premiered in 2017 on Prime Video, and also released season 3. Ricky Whittle, Emily Browning and Ian McShane have starred in the film adaptation of Gaiman’s hit novel.
Prime Video also currently working on a film adaptation of Gaiman’s Anansi Boys, starring Malachi Kirby and Delroy Lindo.
Watch The Sandman on Netflix Friday, August 5th.