Ahead of its debut tomorrow, Netflix has dropped a brand new clip from The Sandman, the highly-anticipated fantasy series based on Neil Gaiman’s popular DC comic book series. It stars Tom Sturridge as the titular being.
The clip, which you can check out below, provides our first look at Mervyn Pumpkinhead, who is being voiced by Star Wars vet Mark Hamill. It highlights the trouble that Morpheus will have to face as he returns home to The Dreaming after years of imprisonment.
The Sandman stars Tom Sturridge (Sweetbitter) as Dream, the Lord of the Dreaming, Gwendoline Christie (Game of Thrones) as Lucifer, the ruler of Hell, Vivienne Acheampong (The Witches) as Lucienne, the chief librarian and trusted guardian of Dream’s realm, Boyd Holbrook (Logan) as The Corinthian, an escaped nightmare who wishes to taste all that the world has in store, Charles Dance (Game of Thrones) as Roderick Burgess, a charlatan, blackmailer, and magician, and Asim Chaudhry (Black Mirror: Bandersnatch) and Sanjeev Bhaskar (Yesterday) as Abel and Cain, the first victim and the first predator, who are residents and loyal subjects of the Dream Realm.
Additional cast members include Kirby Howell-Baptiste (Killing Eve, Cruella) as Death, Joely Richardson (Nip/Tuck) as Ethel Cripps, David Thewlis (Harry Potter films) as John Dee, Stephen Fry (Wilde) as Gilbert, Patton Oswalt (Ratatouille) voicing the character of Matthew the Raven, and Jenna Coleman (Doctor Who) as Johanna Constantine. Mason Alexander Park, Donna Preston, Razane Jammal, Niamh Walsh, Kyo Ra, and Sandra James Young have also been cast for the roles of Desire, Despair, Lyta Hall, Young Ethel Cripps, Rose Walker, and Unity Kincaid, respectively.
The live-action series is written by Gaiman (American Gods) and Allan Heinberg (Wonder Woman, Grey’s Anatomy), who is set as showrunner. David S. Goyer (Batman Begins, Foundation) is executive producing the drama from Warner Bros. Television.
Sandman, which launched DC Comics’ Vertigo imprint, ran for 75 issues beginning in 1989. Gaiman’s worlds-within-worlds weaved an episodic anthology, focusing on the allegorical character of Dream and his brothers and sisters, known as the Endless (Death, Desire, Despair, Delirium, Destruction, and Destiny).