This week, Netflix announced the full cast of the adaptation of “Sandman,” based on the eponymous comic book by legendary Neil Gaiman.
The news, however, created controversy because of the casting of Mason Alexander Park, a non-binary actor who will play Desire, and Kirby Howell-Baptiste, a black actress who will play Death.
Through his Twitter, Neil Gaiman countered comments and castigated fans for thinking purely on the basis of the race and gender identity of the cast hired.
“I care about adapting. I spent 30 years struggling with bad adaptations of “Sandman”. I don’t like people who don’t understand / haven’t read the squares and complain about a non-binary Wish or a Death that is not white enough. We haven’t seen them featured yet, how can you be so sure [que eles são diferentes]? I read the script and all of their lines are straight from the comics.
I don’t care about the job. I spent 30 years successfully battling bad Sandman movies.
I don’t care about people who don’t understand / haven’t read Sandman complaining about non-binary desire or death is not white enough. Watch the show, make up your mind. https://t.co/KcNzap8Kt4
– Neil Gaiman (@neilhimself) May 29, 2021
In addition to Kirby Howell-Baptiste and Mason Alexander Park, the cast will also feature Donna Preston as Desperation; Jenna Coleman as Johanna Constantine, exorcist and adventurer of the occult; Niamh Walsh as young Ethel Cripps, a young woman betrayed and determined to survive; Joely Richardson as the elder Ethel, thief and owner of a hundred identities; and David Thewlis as John Dee, son of Ethel, dangerous, mad and in search of truth.
Additionally, Razane Jammal will play Lyta Fall, Kyo Ra will bring Rose Walker to life, Patton Oswalt will be the voice behind Matthew the Raven, Stephen Fry will play Gilbert and Sandra James Young will play Unity Kincaid.
In an interview with Collider, star Boyd Holbrook, who was recently confirmed as a Corinthians fan, spoke about author Neil Gaiman’s plans to create multiple seasons for the adaptation.
“We are filming in London. I play Corinthians which is one of the coolest things to ever happen to me. It’s like one of the best comics that haven’t been adapted [em um filme ou série de televisão]”, he commented.
Holbrook added: “I think everyone wants the show to continue. [para além da 1ª temporada]. I think we have a standard contract of about seven, five years. We are talking about it. I don’t know if it will work ”.
The work will also feature Tom Sturridge (Dream), Gwendoline Christie (Lucifer), Vivienne Acheampong (Lucienne), Charles Dance (Roderick Burgess), Asim Chaudhry (Abel) and Sanjeev Bhaskar (Cain).
Neil Gaiman, creator of the original comics, has confirmed that some of the comic book franchise stories fans will see are “24 Hours,” which revolve around a restaurant whose customers go mad and kill each other; “Dream a Little Dream of Me,” about a sand-addicted woman from the character Dream and starring the classic character John Constantine; “Hope in Hell”, a story of Morpheus traveling to Hell; and “Collectors,” a story that takes place entirely in a serial killer convention.
Season 1 of “Sandman” will have 11 episodes. The project is described as the most expensive television series ever made by DC.
Wonder Woman screenwriter Allan Heinberg will serve as the series’ screenwriter, producer and showrunner, with Gaiman and David Goyer as executive producers.
Comic book label DC Vertigo originally released the series between 1989 and 1996, with several additional series coming in 2009 and between 2013 and 2015.
‘Sandman’ is Gaiman’s most popular creation and centers around the mythical being Dream, who is part of a group known as The Perpetuals or Os Sem Fim. As the name suggests, the comic book protagonist rules the dream world. The plot begins when he escapes from his captivity, which lasted 70 years, and finds his kingdom dilapidated to the present day.
For now, there is no release forecast yet.
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