All We Know About 'The Sandman' Adaptation Coming to Netflix

The Sandman is coming for us all on Netflix and it looks terrifying.

An adaptation of Neil Gaiman's dark comic book series, the new TV show features an all-star, mostly British cast. Netflix revealed the first look at the new season during the Tudum: A Netflix Global Fan Event alongside other upcoming TV shows and movies.

Now we've seen what The Sandman will look like, here's everything we know about the new series and how it will be adapted from the source material.

What Is The Sandman About?

The Sandman was originally a comic book written by Neil Gaiman and published by DC Comics in 1989. The original series ran for 75 issues spanning seven years, wrapping up in March 1996.

The dark horror fantasy story follows Dream, also known as Morpheus, who is one of seven members of a group called Endless. Morpheus is captured and once he's free he eventually witnesses the changing world around him.

The new TV series on Netflix looks set to follow a similar story as it's described that Dream, one of the seven Endless members, is captured in an occult ritual. 105 years later he escapes in the year 2021 and sets out to restore order to his kingdom of the Dreaming.

The first look trailer from Netflix shows the ritual in question with Charles Dance (Game of Thrones) acting as the leader of the ceremony. The ritual is successful and we see glimpses of Tom Sturridge (Being Julia) as Dream who appears captured in a glass sphere.

The Netflix Geeked Twitter account shared early images from the trailer and showed how they matched up with the original images in the comic books.

The Sandman is about an immortal being looking for his stuff. The stuff in question: The Helmet of Dreams, his helm; Dream's Ruby, the most powerful of the twelve dreamstones; and Dream's Sand Pouch, full of the titular sand. #TUDUM

— Netflix Geeked (@NetflixGeeked) September 25, 2021

Who Stars in The Sandman?

Sturridge leads the series as the character Dream, while other members of the aforementioned Endless have also been revealed.

So far we know that Kirby Howell-Baptiste (Killing Eve) plays Death, Mason Alexander Park is Desire and Donna Preston is Despair.

Gwendoline Christie (Game of Thrones) is Lucifer, the ruler of hell. The character could have been the same as the one we see in the TV series Lucifer, another Gaiman creation. However, Gaiman himself explained on his Tumblr that he had to make the characters different.

Other actors confirmed to appear in The Sandman include Boyd Holbrook (Narcos), Jenna Coleman (Doctor Who), Joely Richardson (Nip/Tuck), David Thewlis (Harry Potter), Stephen Fry and Patton Oswalt.

The upcoming Netflix adaptation was developed by Allan Heinberg who's previous credits include Wonder Woman (2017), The Catch, Sex and the City, and The Naked Truth. Heinberg is an executive producer alongside Gaiman and David S. Goyer.

I am the Lord of Dream and Nightmare.

— The Sandman (@Netflix_Sandman) September 25, 2021

When Is The Sandman on Netflix?

Netflix stopped short of revealing when The Sandman would be arriving on the streaming service, ending the first trailer with an ominous: "Coming soon."

Speaking on his Tumblr replying to fan questions, Gaiman said fans must be "patient." Responding to a question asking for an update in August, he revealed principle photography on Season 1 had finished and now the VFX work is being done while the music is also be written and recorded. He confirmed he also doesn't now any release dates.

Speaking on the appeal the show may have, Gaiman wrote: "It feels like Sandman. I don't know if that means that people who watch TV will like it – although I hope they will – but I suspect that if you like Sandman and you want to see it on the screen, then you'll like this. (I also think Tom Sturridge will be a star after season one of Sandman drops.)"

During the Tudum event, Howell-Baptiste revealed future first-looks and exclusive content would drop on the official Sandman social media accounts. They can be found on Instagram @TheSandmanOfficial and on Twitter @Netflix_Sandman.

Pictures have already been posted on the accounts showcasing early images of the characters who'll feature in the The Sandman.

The Sandman first look
Early images of "The Sandman" show Kirby Howell-Baptiste as Death, Tom Sturridge as Dream and Mason Alexander Park as Desire. "The Sandman" is coming soon to Netflix Instagram @TheSandmanOfficial