In the late 1980s and early 1990s, writer Neil Gaiman and a variety of artists collaborated on the comic book series The Sandman, which helped redefine the medium for mature readers. It’s taken the better part of three decades to bring this fantasy story to live action, but the wait is almost over. Netflix has announced that the series will finally premiere this summer.
To accompany the news, Netflix released a new trailer for the series revealing how Morpheus (Tom Sturridge) was captured over a century ago. This was no small feat as Morpheus is the King of Dreams and one of the Infinites. Once Morpheus is freed, he finds himself somewhat unprepared for the mortal realm. And his own realm, the Dream, has been dying without his presence.
In the images, many other characters notice the return of Morpheus. Some of them may not be happy about it. In particular, there is a literal nightmare named The Corinthian (Boyd Holbrook), who feels the presence of his former teacher. The Corinthian is a killer among killers, and far more deadly than the average dream. But he may be the least of Morpheus’ problems. For to regain his lost power, Morpheus’ journey will take him to the depths of Hell itself. And that is not a euphemism.
Kirby Howell-Baptiste also stars in the series as Morpheus’ sister Death, with Gwendoline Christie as Lucifer, as well as Sanjeev Bhaskar and Asim Chaudhry as the biblical Cain and Abel, who serve Morpheus within the Dream.
Gaiman developed The Sandman for television with David S. Goyer and Allan Heinberg. The first season of The Sandman will premiere on Netflix on Friday, August 5.