One of the biggest, most-anticipated properties that Netflix will bring to the screen next year is the adaptation of Neil Gaiman’s Sandman comics series. Gaiman and some of the cast and crew were part of the company’s TUDUM event to introduce a first clip from the show – the summoning of Tom Sturridge’s Dream.

Sandman, for those who might be unfamiliar, was a 75-issue DC/Vertigo comics series published in the 1990s. Gaiman’s own one-line synopsis was: “The lord of dreams learns that one must change or die, and makes his decision,” but there’s obviously a lot more to it than that, with the sprawling series taking in pantheons and mythologies from across the globe, via threads about fantastical quests, serial killers, road trips, and short stories only tangentially connected to the core narrative. Many tales featured Dream’s siblings, the Endless: Destiny, Death, Destruction, Despair, Desire and Delirium.

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The likes of and Gwendoline Christie, Jenna Coleman, Patton Oswalt, David Thewlis, Kirby Howell-Baptiste, Charles Dance and Boyd Holbrook are among the sprawling cast for the show, which has still yet to confirm a premiere date.

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