Howdy, howdy, howdy! This past weekend at San Diego Comic-Con 2022, the future cast of The Sandman took over the legendary Hall H, and it was magnificent. At the panel, attendees got their first glimpse at the show and saw the incredible first trailer.
Author Neil Gaiman and showrunner Allan Heinberg were joined by stars Tom Sturridge, Gwendoline Christie, Boyd Holbrook, Kirby Howell-Baptiste, Vivienne Acheampong, Jenna Coleman, Vanesu Samunyai, Mason Alexander Park, and Patton Oswalt on stage to discuss the upcoming adaptation and unveil the highly anticipated trailer.
The Sandman, based on the comic book series by the same name by Gaiman, stars Tom Sturridge as Morpheus/Dream, who gives form to our worst fears and wildest dreams. The disappearance of Dream, however, triggers a chain of events that alters both the dream and waking worlds when he is abruptly abducted and held captive for a century.
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Dream embarks on a quest through realms and timelines to put things right after he leaves them in a chaotic state. A fantastic journey ensues, during which Dream encounters new and familiar cosmic and human beings, as well as old acquaintances and foes.
Neil Gaiman mentioned Tom Sturridge as an early pick after seeing many actors for the role of Dream. Gaiman made this revelation while speaking at Comic-Con. In 2007, Lucinda Syson, who cast Neil in The Sandman, also cast him in Stardust.
According to Neil, “of the four audition tapes that [Lucinda] supplied us, Tom’s was by far the finest.” “Soon, I knew, we’d have a dozen more just like him.
And, you know, he was there; we later saw another fifty or sixty individuals; it was still just Tom; and, finally, we later saw several hundred more people; still, Tom remained the only one among them all. And by the time we were done, after what felt like a thousand auditions, it was still Tom.”
Numerous other memorable characters from Neil Gaiman’s The Sandman, such as Gwendoline Christie’s Lucifer Morningstar, also make appearances with Dream. Seriously, she’s picture-perfect.
Gwendoline spoke at Comic-Con about getting ready for the role of Lucifer, adding, “Currently, I’m reading comics again.
The amount of effort put into making those comics a reality is astounding. A large fan base is even more impressive when you consider how quickly its devotion grew from its clandestine, exclusive beginnings. In my opinion, you have to shoulder some responsibility when you do something like that.”
“Also, I think we’ve all started to recognize that a lack of empathy is horrible with the kind of environment our lives are in right now.
Isolation is a bad thing. I was privileged to be asked to contribute my ideas to it. And to be the embodiment of this fantastic person who these wonderful people have brought to life.”
Desire, played by Mason Alexander Park, is stunning and faultless, and Death is played by Kirby Howell-Baptiste. They are two of the three siblings in The Endless; the others are Dream and Despair (Donna Preston). Mason noted that Death and Desire’s connection is the “ultimate sibling rivalry.”
We also get to witness Jenna Coleman in the role of Johanna Constantine, and fans in Hall H got an especially long look at Johanna in action during an exorcism at a church.
The trailer concludes with brief glimpses of Vanesu Samunyai as the legendary Rose Walker. According to Vanessa, Rose spends the first season looking for her brother, and “Morpheus is there to help her.”
There will be ten episodes in the first season of The Sandman, and while they all share a connection with Morpheus, they each stand on their own as complete stories. It’s as if you’re reading an issue of Neil Gaiman’s The Sandman comics with each new episode.
On August 5, Netflix will debut The Sandman.