Netflix Confirms Initial ‘Sandman’ Cast

by Erik Amaya

It is finally official, Tom Sturridge is the Lord of Dreams.

Although his name first emerged in September of 2020, Netflix finally confirmed the initial cast of their upcoming adaptation of DC Vertigo’s The Sandman on Thursday. The group also includes some surprising names for well-known characters and a few alterations to established lore. As reports from earlier this month indicated, Gwendoline Christie will appear on the series. But as speculation ran rampant on who she might play, we were thrilled to learn she will play Lucifer.

Meanwhile, the denizens of the Dreaming include Vivienne Acheampong as Lucienne, a new interpretation of Morpheus’s trusted librarian; Sanjeev Bhaskar and Asim Chaudhry as Cain and Abel; and Boyd Holbrook as the Corinthian, who will clearly make a few appearances in the first season.

But perhaps most surprising is the inclusion of Charles Dance as Roderick Burgess. Presumably, the character’s role will still be limited, as it is in the comics, but casting Dance suggests some sort of expansion.

The program, based on the comic book by Gaiman and artists like Sam Keith, Kelly Jones, and others, will debut on Netflix sometime in the next two years. It is the result of a decades long process to bring the trippy comic to the screen. Gaiman and Wonder Woman‘s Allan Heinberg serve as executive producers. Production began in October. Previously, Gaiman’s said the 11-episode first season will containing the first story — now known as “Preludes and Nocturnes” — and “a little extra.” We always assumed this meant the first appearance of Morpheus’s Sister would occur, but with Holbrook joining up as The Corinthian, it’s clear some of the subsequent story, “A Doll’s House” will also be included. Hopefully, that means we’ll learn who is playing Rose Walker, Fiddler’s Green, and a few other characters before too long.

And with Christie playing Lucifer, the door is shut on Lucifer star Tom Ellis making a guest appearance. We’re okay with that as Christie more closely resembles the Bowie-esque Lucifer of The Sandman. We just hope there’s still room for Matt Ryan to appear as John Constantine for his one appearance in the series.

Erik Amaya

Host of Tread Perilously and a Film/TV Writer at Comicon.com and Rotten Tomatoes. A former staff writer at CBR and Bleeding Cool, and a contributing writer at Fanbase Press and Monkeys Fighting Robots. Voice of Puppet Tommy on The Room Responds. A seeker of the Seastone Chair and the owner of a Legion Flight Ring. Sorted into Gryffindor, which came as some surprise.

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