We have learned that Gwendoline Christie has been cast in the upcoming live-action adaption of The Sandman for Netflix.
Gwendoline Christie is well-known for starring in Game of Thrones, The Hunger Games franchise, and perhaps most notably for her role as Captain Phasma in the Star Wars Sequel Trilogy and other Lucasfilm media such as Star Wars Resistance and Battlefront 2. She most recently starred in Searchlight’s The Personal History of David Copperfield last year.
Tom Sturridge, known for Sweetbitter and The Hollow Crown, is the only cast member to be officially confirmed so far. He will play the main role of Dream, also known as Morpheus, in The Sandman.
It is currently unknown who Gwendoline Christie is playing in the series, but Desire and Death are yet to be cast, meaning she could be playing either of those characters. Christie is no stranger to the visionary creator of Sandman Neil Gaiman, having recently worked with him on a new radio adaption of his The Sleeper and the Spindle novel during Christmas.
Allan Heinberg is set to write and serve as showrunner on the 11-episode series. With a long career producing and writing staple television such as Grey’s Anatomy and The O.C., comic readers also recognize his name as the creator of Marvel’s Young Avengers. He recently branched into film by writing the screenplay for Wonder Woman, sharing credit with DC maestro Zack Snyder.
Gaiman and David S. Goyer (another famous name in comic-book media) are executive producing the series, and also co-wrote the premiere with Heinberg. Jamie Childs (His Dark Materials) and Mike Barker (The Handmaid’s Tale) are directing episodes. After decades of The Sandman being stuck in development hell as both a film and TV pitch, infamously slipping through the hands of big names like Joseph Gordon-Levitt and James Mangold, fans are rejoicing that they are finally getting a live-action adaptation under the approval of Gaiman himself. It will have one of Netflix’s biggest production budgets for a TV series.
Filming already begun in the U.K. in October.