With the upcoming Netflix The Sandman Adaptation by Creator, EP & Co-Writer Neil Gaimann (Good omens); EP, co-writer and showrunner Alan Heinberg (wonder woman); and EP & co-writer David S Goyer (Foundation, endowment) ready to hit our screens in less than a month, there are a number of things we still can’t believe. The obvious thing is that after years of hard work to bring it to either the big or small screens, the graphic novel is finally coming to live-action life. One thing that unfortunately didn’t surprise us is how many supposed “fans” out there can’t accept the fact Gwendoline Christie (game of Thrones) is the perfect Lucifer for this and that series Tom Ellis (while being great like his Lucifer) is dead wrong for this take.
The last time we reported on Gaiman pushing back/explaining this very point was in May, but he’s been making the case since casting news first broke. Unfortunately, this wave of “debate” only seems to be growing on social media, so it’s time for another round of reminders and rebuttals. Here’s a look at a tweet listing just a few of the reasons why Ellis’ casting wouldn’t work:
And for any Lucifer fans out there who might have missed the first time, Ellis’ series even acknowledged in a wink-wink, nudge-nudge way that the actor was different from how Lucifer was described in Gaiman’s work:
Given that we live in a time where all “cool kids” have a multiverse, Gaiman further recommends considering the two works (as well as the radio play adaptation, etc.) as existing in separate universes…each living their own happy lives , creative life… one does not affect the other:
“I was so excited that Allen Heinberg asked me to play Lucifer because it’s a terrific role. There are few castings that can replace that – maybe god, whatever that is! Plus, it’s fun to be horrible,” Christie explained of the importance of the role in an interview with Rich. And as for Fallen Angel’s androgynous nature, Christie was confident that given her experience working on another well-known franchise, that wouldn’t pose a problem. “Neil clarified that Lucifer is a fallen angel and that an angel has no gender at all,” revealed Christie. “And I can play androgynous. We know that from ‘Game of Thrones’ because of my looks. So I hope that helped portray the character.” To Goyer, Christie just seemed like a logical fit. “Lucifer is this Bowie-like creature in the comic and I was like, ‘Well, who’s a bigger fucking rock star than Gwendoline Christie?'” he explained.
A rich blend of modern myth and dark fantasy that seamlessly weaves contemporary fiction, historical drama and legend, The Sandman follows the people and places affected by Morpheus, the Dream King, as he explores the cosmic – and human – Repaired mistakes he made during his mighty existence.
“For the past thirty-three years, the Sandman characters have been breathing, walking around, and talking in my head. I’m incredibly happy that they can finally step out of my head and into reality now. I can’t wait for the people out there to see what we saw as a dream and the rest of them take flesh and that flesh belongs to some of the best actors out there,” Gaiman said in a statement accompanying the first casting News coincided with the series.”This is amazing, and I’m so grateful to the cast and all the staff of ‘The Sandman’ – Netflix, Warner Bros., DC, Allan Heinberg and David Goyer and the legions of craftsmen and geniuses on the show grateful they made the wildest of all my dreams into a reality.”
Starting from Warner Bros. TV, Netflix The Sandman Stars Tom Sturridge, Gwendoline Christie, Vivienne Acheampong, Boyd Holbrook, Karl dance, Asim Chaudry, Sanjeev Bhaskar, Kirby Howell-Baptiste, Mason Alexander Park, Donna Preston, Jenna Coleman, Niamh Walsh, Joely Richardson, David Thewlis, Kyo Ra, Stephen Fry, Razane Jammal, Sandra James Young, Patton Oswaltand Markus Hamill.