A new image from Netflix’s upcoming adaptation of Neil Gaiman’s The Sandman reveals Gwendoline Christie decked out in white robes as Lucifer.
The Sandman brings together a vast cast of fantastical characters, with Tom Sturridge’s Dream – the living personification of all dreams and stories – at its heart. Also included amongst the cast is the fallen angel Lucifer, brought to life in the series by Game of Thrones‘ Gwendoline Christie.
Alongside the new image of Lucifer, released by Empire Magazine, Christie has talked about taking on the momentous role.
‘Fun To Be Awful’
Gwendoline Christie is best known for her portrayal of Brienne of Tarth in Game of Thrones, making the rather more grandiose and evil Lucifer a marked change of pace for her. However, Christie revealed that playing the androgynous Brienne helped her prepare for Lucifer in The Sandman.
While Lucifer is typically portrayed as masculine, Gwendoline Christie revealed that showrunner and The Sandman creator Neil Gaiman told her “that Lucifer is a fallen angel, and that an angel doesn’t have gender at all.”
The Game of Thrones actress certainly looks the part. Check her out in the new image, where she can be seen observing Tom Sturridge’s Dream, below:
Talking about being cast as Lucifer, Gwendoline Christie said:
“I was so thrilled Allen [Heinberg, co-showrunner] asked me to play Lucifer, because it is a grandiose part. There are few castings that can supersede that – maybe God, whatever that is! Also, it’s fun to be awful.”
Commenting on the decision to cast Gwendoline Christie as Lucifer, Allen Heinberg revealed that it all came from the comic’s David Bowie-inspired depiction of the character, saying “Lucifer is this Bowie-esque creature in the comic book and I thought, ‘Well who is a bigger f***ing rock star than Gwendoline Christie?'”
Here is the new synopsis for Netflix’s The Sandman:
There is another world that waits for all of us when we close our eyes and sleep — a place called the Dreaming, where The Sandman, Master of Dreams (Tom Sturridge), gives shape to all of our deepest fears and fantasies. But when Dream is unexpectedly captured and held prisoner for a century, his absence sets off a series of events that will change both the dreaming and waking worlds forever. To restore order, Dream must journey across different worlds and timelines to mend the mistakes he’s made during his vast existence, revisiting old friends and foes, and meeting new entities — both cosmic and human — along the way.
The series stars Tom Sturridge, Gwendoline Christie, Vivienne Acheampong, Boyd Holbrook, Charles Dance, Asim Chaudhry, Sanjeev Bhaskar, Kirby Howell-Baptiste, Jenna Coleman, Joely Richardson, David Thewlis, Stephen Fry, Patton Oswalt, and Mark Hamill.
Wonder Woman co-writer Allan Heinberg serves as showrunner, writer, and executive producer on Sandman. In addition to their duties as writers, Neil Gaiman and David S. Goyer are also on board as executive producers.
The Sandman will hit Netflix on August 5, 2022. Stay tuned for all the latest news surrounding the upcoming series and be sure to subscribe to Heroic Hollywood’s YouTube channel for more original video content.