Neil Gaiman shares bad news with David Bowie fan
Again, it looks like we have some “good/bad news” when it comes to the next Netflix The sand man creator adaptation, EP & co-writer Neil Gaiman (good omens); EP, co-writer and showrunner Allan Heinberg (wonder woman); and EP & co-author David S. Goyer (Foundation). On the “good news” side, we could see Tom Ellis fans are backing off now that Joe Henderson (co-showrunner & EP on Ellis’ series) offered his support to Gwendoline Christieis the cast of Lucifer and Cassie Claireis playing Mazikeen. But the “bad news”? He looks like some david bowie fans are coming out of the woodwork to call out Gaiman for not choosing the rock star and Hall of Fame musician as Lucifer. And it’s understandable when you see the number of times the character is portrayed to look like Ziggy Stardust’s real-life alter-ego. But there’s also the fact that Bowie is not only dead (which would be pretty definitive), but also that he died over six years ago. Unfortunately, that was the bad news Gaiman had to break to someone on Twitter. “Man. This is gonna hurt, but David Bowie is dead,” Gaiman revealed via social media, removing the emotional band-aid for what we fear is more than this individual. “We knew he was no longer available to play Lucifer. That’s why we cast Gwendoline Christie.”
Here’s a preview of Gaiman’s tweet posted earlier today, announcing the bad news of nearly seven years of unhappy soul:
In the first clip of the series (Episode 4), Dream (Tom Sturridge) heads to hell to retrieve his stolen Helmet of Dreams from one of Lucifer’s demons (and be sure to keep an eye out for some familiar faces appearing in this scene, too). Following this, a scene from episode 6 finds death (Kirby Howell-Baptiste) coming to claim an elderly violist:
The series is set to air on August 5, here’s a preview of the official Netflix trailer The sand man:
Kirby Howell-Baptiste shared some thoughts on the game Death, Morpheus aka Dream’s (Tom Sturridge) brother, during a recent interview with EO. First, comic book fans will appreciate Death’s first appearance in an episode titled “The Sound of Her Wings” (check out The sand man #8), and based on what Gaiman had to share previously, viewers should expect to be blown away by Howell-Baptiste’s performance. “We saw a lot of deaths, up to several hundred. But Kirby had the unique quality of being able to speak honestly to power,” Gaiman revealed. “That honesty, and the fact that she could deliver those lines and you believed them, that’s what sold me on Kirby 100%. We had models, we had all kinds of amazing people that were a lot more famous that Kirby auditioning. I didn’t believe they were death, I didn’t believe they belonged to Tom [Sturridge] big sister who could lead it. Then Kirby came along, and it was just like, ‘I love you, I believe you, and you are.'” Now, here’s a preview of what Howell-Baptiste had to say:
On what makes Gaiman’s death so special“A lot of the time when you see a depiction of Death, it’s so focused on the end. But this character says, ‘I was there at the beginning, and I’ll be here at the end.’ Death was born out of life. I think there’s something very beautiful and cyclical about her position in the world because it’s so much about the whole journey that she’s there for. It lends itself to a more feminine energy – there’s this much more nurturing, benevolent side of death than we’ve ever seen before.”
On the chemistry of Howell-Baptiste and Sturridge’s siblings“It’s rare to be presented with a role where you already know so much about the world. Because we knew our characters so well and were both so invested, we met very easily. Tom [Sturridge] and I have that natural chemistry for a sibling relationship.”
A rich blend of modern myth and dark fantasy in which contemporary fiction, historical drama and legend are seamlessly intertwined, The Sandman follows the people and places affected by Morpheus, the Dream King, as he mends cosmic mistakes. – and human – that he committed during his vast existence.
“For the past thirty-three years, the characters of Sandman have been breathing, walking and talking inside my head. I’m incredibly happy that now, finally, they can come out of my head and into reality. I can’t wait until people can see what we saw as Dream and the rest of us take flesh, and the flesh belongs to some of the best actors,” Gaiman said in a statement coinciding with the first news of the cast of the series. “It’s amazing, and I’m so grateful to the cast and everyone involved in The Sandman – Netflix, Warner Bros., DC, Allan Heinberg and David Goyer, and the legions of craftsmen and geniuses on the show – for making the wildest of all my dreams come true.”
From Warner Bros. TV, Netflix The sand man stars Tom Sturridge, Gwendoline Christie, Vivienne Acheampong, Boyd Holbrook, Charles Dance, Asim Chaudhry, 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 Mark Hamill.