The cast of Netflix’s series adaptation of Sandman is already pretty great, but there’s some exciting news for fans of Neil Gaiman’s seminal comic as production begins. The full cast has been revealed to include Patton Oswalt, Jenna Coleman, Kirby Howell-Baptiste, Mason Alexander Park, Donna Preston, Niamh Walsh, David Thewlis, Kyo Ra, Razane Jammal, Sandra James Young, and Stephen Fry, but there’s a connection to a popular DC Comics hero that is pretty cool.
Gaiman revealed the casting news in a blog post that also names the characters they’ll be playing…
What does that say at the bottom? “Jenna Coleman is Johanna CONSTANTINE”?? Yeah, Constantine. She’s described as an “Eighteenth-Century occult adventuress” and the great-great-great-grandmother to the Constantine we know and love, who has been played previously by Keanu Reeves and Matt Ryan. So while we aren’t getting the familiar Constantine, this shows there will be some fun ties to the chain-smoking hero. Johanna Lumley voiced Johanna Constantine in the audiobook version of Sandman.
They join a cast that will be led by Tom Sturridge as Dream of the Endless, Gwendolyn Christie as Lucifer, Sanjeev Bhaskar and Amid Chaudry as Cain and Abel, Charles Dance as Roderick Burgess, Vivienne Acheampong as Lucienne, and Boyd Holbrook as The Corinthian.
Sandman is shooting now so we could see it on Netflix later this year or early next.
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.