Netflix has set a debut date for the highly anticipated series based on Neil Gaiman’s DC graphic novels. It will premiere on August 5.
A complete trailer for The Sandman was also released on Monday, after a September 2021 teaser that depicted Roderick Burgess (Charles Dance) imprisoning Dream (Tom Sturridge).
The new teaser features a lot more of the show’s big cast, including Kirby Howell-Baptiste as Death and Jenna Coleman as Johanna Constantine.
In addition, Netflix has revealed that Mark Hamill will play Merv Pumpkinhead.
Gwendoline Christie, Vivienne Acheampong, Boyd Holbrook, Asim Chaudhry, Sanjeev Bhaskar, Mason Alexander Park, Donna Preston, Niamh Walsh, Joely Richardson, David Thewlis, Kyo Ra, Stephen Fry, Razane Jammal, Sandra James Young, and Patton Oswalt are also among the cast members.
Patton Oswalt, a longtime Sandman fan, was the first actor cast in the series; he was cast as Matthew Raven’s voice the day before The Sandman was pitched to Netflix.
After screen testing opposite Tom York and Colin Morgan, Tom Sturridge initiated discussions to play Dream in September 2020, while Liam Hemsworth and Dacre Montgomery were considered for the role of the Corinthian. The casting news was kept under wraps and not made public until the first season began filming.
Boyd Holbrook recalls a lengthy casting procedure, saying that he auditioned in January 2020 but did not hear any further information until September. Sturridge, Gwendoline Christie, Vivienne Acheampong, Holbrook, Charles Dance, Asim Chaudhry, and Sanjeev Bhaskar were announced to star in the series in January 2021.
In May 2021, the cast was expanded to include Kirby Howell-Baptiste, Mason Alexander Park, Donna Preston, Jenna Coleman, Niamh Walsh, Joely Richardson, David Thewlis, and Kyo Ra, Stephen Fry, Razane Jammal, Sandra James Young, and Oswalt.
A part of the Sandman community reacted negatively to the second casting announcement, with some condemning the hiring of black actors, such as Howell-Baptiste as Death, as figures generally depicted as white in the comics.
While the outcry against the casting announcement was clearly “based on flagrant phobias,” some of the casting selections appeared to be “stunt casting” that reinforced tokenism in Netflix movies and comic book adaptations, according to Mehrul Bari of The Daily Star.
For example, aside from Death, the rest of the Endless, including Dream, were still represented by white performers, according to Bari. Gaiman downplayed the criticism, claiming that anyone who objected to Park playing Desire had not read the Sandman comics (in which Desire is androgynous)
During its Geeked Week presentation on Monday, Netflix debuted a new trailer for their upcoming The Sandman series, as well as the fact that it would be released on August 5, 2022. Along with the new release date and video, Sandman’s panel announced a new cast member: Mark Hamill. Mervyn Pumpkinhead, Dream’s janitor, will be played by Hamill.
The streaming series is based on Neil Gaiman’s graphic novels of the same name, which he began writing in 1993. The Sandman follows Dream, the king of dreams who is also known as Morpheus. The dream is one of the seven Endless, powerful entities that personify concepts such as Death, Destiny, Despair, and Desire in this realm.
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Tom Sturridge plays Dream, Gwendoline Christie plays Lucifer, and Vivienne Acheampong plays Lucienne in The Sandman. Boyd Holbrook plays The Corinthian, Charles Dance plays Roderick Burgess, Jenna Coleman plays Johanna Constantine, David Thewlis plays John Dee, Stephen Fry plays Gilbert, and Patton Oswalt voices Matthew the Raven.
According to what I’ve observed, the plot will be quite similar to the original comics. When an occult society tries to control Death in 1916, they capture Dream/Morpheus. The dream was imprisoned for 105 years (as opposed to the comics) before escaping. During his absence, the Kingdom of Dreams crumbled and humanity suffered. The dream must now restore harmony to his realm.
Dream/Morpheus – After being held captive for so long, the monarch of the Dreaming has a lot to put back together. He must first gather his three mystical totems. The dream is played by Tom Sturridge (Sweetbitter, Mary Shelley).
Lucienne – A gender-flipped version of the Dreaming’s librarian and one of the few who has always remained loyal to Dream. She guards all the books ever imagined, even some that were never written. Lucienne is played by Vivienne Acheampong (The One, The Witches).
Lucifer – Ruler of Hell and Dream’s counselor. Lucifer is played by Gwendoline Christie (Game of Thrones, Star Wars: The Last Jedi).
The Corinthian – An escaped nightmare who has had much too much freedom while Dream has been gone. Keep an eye out for his eyes. The Corinthian is played by Boyd Holbrook (Narcos, Beckett).
Cain and Abel — The two are based on the Biblical brothers and live in the realm of dreams. The siblings are played by Sanjeev Bhaskar (Yesterday, Unforgotten) and Asim Chaudhry (Black Mirror: Bandersnatch, People Just Do Nothing).