Netflix announces main cast for Neil Gaiman's The Sandman

Tom Sturridge, Gwendoline Christie and Charles Dance are amongst those set to star in the highly-anticipated adaptation. 

Netflix has announced the main cast for its upcoming adaptation of Neil Gaiman’s beloved graphic novel The Sandman

The project, which has previously been labelled unfilmable due to its complex nature, “follows the people and places affected by Morpheus, the dream king, as he mends the cosmic - and human - mistakes he's made during his vast existence."

A tweet from Netflix’s official UK and Ireland account confirmed that Tom Sturridge will star as Morpheus, who’s also referred to as The Sandman throughout the series of graphic novels. 

Gwendoline Christie, best known for playing the unwaveringly loyal knight Brienne of Tarth in Game of Thrones, will play Lucifer Morningstar the ruler of hell. 

Vivienne Acheampong will play Lucienne the Librarian of the Dreaming while fellow Game of Thrones actor Charles Dance will play charlatan and magician Roderick Burgess. 

Narcos’s Boyd Holdbrook will play The Corinthian, an escaped nightmare. Finally, Sanjeev Bhaskar and People Just Do Nothing’s Asim Chaudhry will play Cain and Abel, described as the first predator and the first victim respectively. 

Gaiman is partnering up with Allan Heinberg, whose previous credits include 2017’s Wonder Woman, to write the script. David S. Goyer will serve as executive producer for Warner Bros.  

The Sandman has had a long, troubled road to the screen with plans for a film originating back in the 1990s. That went through multiple rewrites before becoming stuck in development hell in the mid-2000s. 

In 2013, it was announced that Joseph Gordon-Levitt was to write and direct an adaptation of The Sandman. He dropped out of the project in 2016 due to creative differences with studio New Line. 

A release date for The Sandman is not yet known. 

Source: The Independent

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