Gwendoline Christie to play gender-flipped Lucifer in Netflix’s Sandman
When the news hit in 2019 that DC Comics would be made into a for Netflix, fans speculated who would play the moody Lord of Dreams Morpheus/Sandman and his dysfunctional (and sometimes destructive) family members Destiny, Death, Destruction, Despair, Desire and Delirium.from Vertigo and
In addition to Sandman’s family, another big role to fill is that of the King of Hell himself, Lucifer. On Thursday, news hit that Game of Thrones actor will play the role. It’s an interesting casting choice considering Lucifer was always portrayed as a male in both the comic book series and the .
Christie confirmed the casting news on her Instagram on Thursday with an image that reads The Sandman, It Begins.
Lucifer isn’t the only character to swap genders. Actor Vivienne Acheampong (The Witches) will play chief librarian Lucienne, who is also the guardian of Dream’s world. In the comics, the character is male and named Lucien.
Netflix describes the live-action Sandman series as “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.”
Actor Tom Sturridge (Starz’s Sweetbitter) will play the lead role of Lord of the Dreaming Morpheus, according to Netflix. Boyd Holbrook () portrays The Corinthian, a nightmare creature disguised as a man, with jaws in place of eyes.
Charles Dance (Game of Thrones) will play Roderick Burgess, a con artist and magician. Asim Chaudhry () and Sanjeev Bhaskar (Yesterday) play the Biblical characters Abel and Cain, brothers who become the first victim and the first killer, and who also live in Dream’s realm.
“For the last 33 years, the Sandman characters have breathed and walked around and talked in my head,” Gaiman said in a statement on Thursday. “I’m unbelievably happy that now, finally, they get to step out of my head and into reality. I can’t wait until the people out there get to see what we’ve been seeing as Dream and the rest of them take flesh, and the flesh belongs to some of the finest actors out there.”
Gaiman () and Allan Heinberg ( ) are on board to write the upcoming series. David S. Goyer ( ) will serve as executive producer for Warner Bros. Television.
A premiere date for Sandman has not yet been announced.