Netflix’s new show The Sandman, which is out today, has revealed a clip from the show’s first season, which is based on Neil Gaiman’s excellent DC comic book series of the same name.
The clip offers us a first glimpse at Mervyn Pumpkinhead, who is voiced by Mark Hamill of Star Wars fame. Tom Surridge plays Morpheus, the titular Sandman, and the series follows Morpheus as he returns home to The Dreaming after a long period of imprisonment.
Surridge’s character is also known as Dream, the Lord of the Dreaming. Surridge will be joined by Gwendoline Christie as Lucifer, the Lord of Hell, and Vivienne Acheampong as Lucienne, the head librarian and entrusted guardian of Dream’s home.
Boyd Holbrook will star as The Corinthian, an embodiment of nightmares which has escaped the dream realm to savour all that life has to offer. Charles Dance will feature as Roderick Burgess, a charlatan magician, while Asim Chaudhry and Sanjeev Bhaskar will take on the roles of Cain and Abel, residents of the dream realm who represent the first victim and the first predator.
Other members of the cast include David Thewlis as John Dee, Stephen Fry as Gilbert, Jenna Coleman as Johanna Constantine, Kirby Howell-Baptiste as Death and Joely Richardson as Ethel Cripps.
The live-action fantasy series was written by Gaiman, who also penned American Gods and Allan Heinberg of Wonder Woman and Grey’s Anatomy.
The Sandman was the comic book series that opened DC Comics’ Vertigo imprint in 1989. The series ran for 75 issues as an anthology which focuses on Dream and his family, known as the Endless, comprised of Death, Desire, Despair, Delirium, Destruction and Destiny.
We recently shared My Chemical Romance singer Gerard Ways’ favourite comic books, which included Gaiman’s The Sandman. Check out the complete list here.