Fans of Neil Gaiman’s The Sandman can’t even count down the days until Netflix‘s adaptation premieres. Sadly, production on the series is currently delayed because of COVID-19. It’s just the latest holdup for the project, as Hollywood has tried and failed to bring the beloved comic book series to the screen for years. But readers will still be able to enjoy the story in a new way: Audible has announced the first ever audio adaptation of the series will be released this summer. And it features an all-star cast.
You are going to be able to listen to the full cast #TheSandmanAudio at @audible from July 15th. This will be @DirkMaggs' adaptation of the first 3 Graphic Novels. They are stunning, with the cast of your dreams...— Neil Gaiman (@neilhimself) May 13, 2020
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The Sandman audiobook has amounted a truly worthy cast. X-Men star James McAvoy will voice the title role of Dream, a.k.a. Morpheus. Venom‘s Riz Ahmed will play the Corinthian. Thor‘s Kat Dennings will star as Death. Kingsman‘s Taron Egerton will play John Constantine. The Walking Dead‘s Samantha Morton voices Urania Blackwell. Cheers‘ Bebe Neuwirth will play the Siamese cat. Gollum himself Andy Serkis is taking on the role of Matthew the Raven. And Good Omens angel Michael Sheen will voice Lucifer. (Now that’s range!)
Other notable names in the massive cast also include Justin Vivian Bond, Arthur Darvill, William Hope, Josie Lawrence, and Miriam Margolyes. Gaiman himself will voice the narrator.
“When an occultist attempts to capture the physical embodiment of Death (Dennings) in a bargain for eternal life, he instead mistakenly traps Death’s younger brother Dream (McAvoy), another of the seven god-like siblings known as The Endless who oversee aspects of human existence, including Desire (Bond) and Despair (Margolyes), Destiny, Destruction and Delirium. After seventy years of imprisonment Dream finally escapes, embarking on a quest to reclaim his lost objects of power and rebuild his kingdom, the world of sleep and imagination called The Dreaming. So begins one of the most acclaimed and successful series of graphic novels ever written.”
The first installment of the “multi-part original audio drama series” will adapt the first three volumes of The Sandman. That includes “Preludes & Nocturnes,” “The Doll’s House,” and “Dream Country.”
The audiobook will debut exclusively at Audible on July 15, 2020. The English recording is available for pre-order. Eventually it will also be released in French, German, Italian, Castilian Spanish, and Latin American Spanish editions. We still don’t know how long we have to wait to see The Sandman on screen, but we couldn’t dream up a better way to pass the time until we do.
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