After years in development hell, Neil Gaiman’s Sandman adaptation is finally pushing forward as a Netflix series. We’ve known for a while that Tom Sturridge will be playing the lead role of Morpheus/Dream, but now the rest of the cast has been announced, and it includes some familiar faces from Game of Thrones.
As per Gaiman himself, these are the new cast members of the upcoming Sandman series:
There. A whole set of tweets written just before bed and set to go out when I'm fast asleep. I'm vaguely worried that I've mistimed them, but too late now. Here are the first seven members of the #Sandman cast to be announced officially. Seven down, hundreds to go. pic.twitter.com/DksGLyMkBf
— Neil Gaiman (@neilhimself) January 28, 2021
You’ll remember Gwendoline Christie as Brienne of Tarth and Charles Dance as Tywin Lannister from the hit HBO series. Boyd Holbrook is also best known for another Netflix show, Narcos; comic book movie fans will remember him as the robot-hand guy from Logan.
Other cast members may not have the same amount of star power as their other co-stars (even Morpheus himself), but I guess that opens them up for completely original interpretations of their characters.
Sandman is probably one of the biggest comic properties that have been having a hard time trying to get adapted into live-action, and it’s completely understandable. Gaiman has built this entire fantasy world that’s so expansive and bizarre that no movie would be able to tell all of it; and no series would have the budget to capture the dazzling visuals. Hopefully with Netflix, they’ve found a good compromise. Let’s just hope they manage to keep one unified vision; unlike the other Gaiman series, American Gods, which had a good start, but had been recently plagued with behind-the-scenes drama.
No release date has been set for Netflix’s Sandman.