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Go Behind-the-Scenes with Neil Gaiman on ‘The Sandman’

Take a ‘Sneak Peek’ at the upcoming Netflix series based on the prolific writer and producer’s DC comic book series, now in production.

Netflix has released a new behind-the-scenes “Sneak Peek” with Neil Gaiman (Good OmensCoraline) on the set of his mysterious new series, The Sandman,’ adapted from his DC comic book series of the same name. Dedicated Gaiman fans can finally get a glimpse of the dark fantasy series that previously suffered a 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. But… the past is past, and we’re confident Netflix won’t let us down! Now… if we only knew a release date.

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.”

Let’s see what else he’s got to share about the new series!

New cast members include Vivienne Acheampong as Lucienne; Tom Sturridge as Dream; Gwendolyn Christie and Lucifer; Asim Chaudhry as Abel; Sanjeev Bhaskar as Cain; Charles Dance as Roderick Burgess; and Boyd Holbrook as The Corinthian.

They join the previously announced cast of Kirby Howell-Baptiste as Death, Dream’s wiser sister; Mason Alexander Park as Desire, Dream’s sibling, and desire personified; Donna Preston as Despair, Dream’s sister, and the twin of Desire; Jenna Coleman as Johanna Constantine, haunted exorcist, and Occult Adventuress for Hire; Niamh Walsh as Young Ethel Cripps, a betrayed and determined young woman seeking to survive; Joely Richardson as Ethel Cripps, master thief and woman of a thousand identities; David Thewlis as John Dee, Ethel's son. Dangerous, insane and on a quest for truth; Kyo Ra as 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 as Gilbert, Debonair protector of Rose Walker; Razane Jammal as Lyta Hall, Rose’s best friend and travel companion; Sandra James Young as Unity Kincaid, Heiress, and mysterious benefactor; and Patton Oswalt as the voice of Matthew the Raven, Dream’s trusted emissary.

Gaiman also serves as executive producer and co-writer of the series, which is being produced by Warner Bros. Television. Allan Heinberg (Wonder WomanGrey’s Anatomy) serves as executive producer and showrunner. David S. Goyer (Batman BeginsThe Dark KnightTerminator: Dark FateFoundation) serves as executive producer; Goyer and Heinberg are also co-writers on the project.

Source: Netflix

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