Netflix adaptation of Neil Gaiman’s The Sandman might have cast two key roles as filming starts in a few weeks.
Reports reveal that the streamer may have chosen two actors for the role of Dream and The Corinthian. However, Netflix is still keeping mum about The Sandman speculations.
According to Coming Soon, Liam Hemsworth is leading the list of actors who could play the villain The Corinthian. Stranger Things cast member Dacre Montgomery is also in consideration for the role.
But Tom Sturridge could lead the fantasy drama as Dream, also known as Morpheus, who is the personification of concepts like death, despair, destruction, destiny, desire, delirium, and dream.
According to Collider, Sturridge tested for the role and beat out actors like Colin Morgan and Tom York in the final selection. The actor was last featured in the Starz drama series Sweetbitter, and he was also in the Netflix film Velvet Buzzsaw.
Filming starts in October
The Sandman creator Neil Gaiman took to Twitter to inform fans that filming will likely start in late October. Netflix hasn’t officially confirmed the production, but the announcement is expected soon after the cast roundup.
— Neil Gaiman (@neilhimself) September 27, 2020
Gaiman also addressed a concern from some fans that the show must have no “politically correct nonsense” in reference to LGBTQ. The creator said that it’s not possible since it wouldn’t be The Sandman without people of color or female lead characters. It’s these elements that attracted the fans.
The Sandman is a very inclusive story. Debuting in 1989, Gaiman introduced a lot of LGTB characters in the series, including a trans named Wanda.
Most expensive adaptation
Gaiman’s creation is part of the DC entertainment slate and its adaptation is deemed the most expensive TV show for DC.
Many studios, including HBO and Warner Bros, have planned on developing this project for years either as a movie or a series. However, the project was deemed a huge challenge for Hollywood because of its theme, storyline and characters.
In 2013, Joseph Gordon-Levitt actively tried to develop a film trilogy with New Line Cinema. However, the plans fizzled out because the actor reportedly felt the project was best as a TV show format than a movie.
The Sandman would be the fourth work from Gaiman that will become a TV show. Starz picked up American Godsthree years ago, while Fox took on Lucifer before it moved to Netflix. Amazon also adapted the author’s Good Omensas a limited series.
Gaiman is one of the executive producers on The Sandman with Allan Heinberg as the showrunner.
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