Patton Oswalt, voicing Matthew the Raven, joins David Thewlis, Jenna Coleman, and Stephen Fry in Netflix’s dark fantasy series based on the popular DC comic books; show follows people and places affected by Morpheus, the Dream King, as he mends his cosmic and human mistakes.
Netflix has announced that the adaptation of “The Sandman” DC comic book series by Neil Gaiman (Good Omens, Coraline) is underway. This should be welcome news to the dedicated fan base of the dark fantasy series which suffered a previous failed attempt at a big screen adaptation; in 2013, Warner Bros. announced that David S. Goyer would be producing a film based on the DC property starring Joseph Gordon-Levitt, who dropped out in 2016.
Gaiman is also serving as executive producer and co-writer of the upcoming series being produced by Warner Bros. Television. In his blog, Gaiman describes the series as “a rich blend of modern myth and dark fantasy in which contemporary fiction, historical drama and legend are seamlessly interwoven. The Sandman 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.”
Netflix has revealed the show’s cast and complex characters:
- Kirby Howell-Baptiste is Death, Dream’s wiser sister.
- Mason Alexander Park is Desire, Dream’s sibling, and desire personified.
- Donna Preston is Despair, Dream’s sister, and the twin of Desire.
- Jenna Coleman is Johanna Constantine, haunted exorcist, and Occult Adventuress for Hire.
- Niamh Walsh is Young Ethel Cripps, a betrayed and determined young woman seeking to survive.
- Joely Richardson is Ethel Cripps, master thief and woman of a thousand identities.
- David Thewlis is John Dee, Ethel's son. Dangerous, insane and on a quest for truth.
- Kyo Ra is Rose Walker, A young woman on a desperate search for her missing brother. She discovers a connection to Dream that neither of them can escape.
- Stephen Fry is Gilbert, Debonair protector of Rose Walker.
- Razane Jammal is Lyta Hall, Rose’s best friend and travel companion.
- Sandra James Young is Unity Kincaid, Heiress, and mysterious benefactor.
- Patton Oswalt to voice Matthew The Raven, Dream’s trusted emissary.
Allan Heinberg (Wonder Woman, Grey’s Anatomy) serves as executive producer and showrunner. David S. Goyer (Batman Begins, The Dark Knight, Terminator: Dark Fate, Foundation) serves as executive producer and Goyer and Heinberg are also co-writers on the project.