The Sandman Featurette welcomes you to the World of The Endless

Netflix has unveiled a brand new behind-the-scenes featurette for The Sandman, the long-awaited series adaptation of Neil Gaiman’s popular DC comic series starring Tom Sturridge as the titular creature. It is scheduled to debut on August 5.

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The Sandman featurette, which you can check out below, gives us a preview of the world of The Endless, ruled by seven god-like siblings, including Dream, Death, Desire and more. The video features commentary from Gaiman and the cast as they talk about Dream’s mission to regain his power and identity, as well as the show’s fantastic world-building.

The Sandman stars Tom Sturridge (Bittersweet) as Dream, the Lord of the Dreaming, Gwendoline Christie (Game of Thrones) as Lucifer, Ruler of Hell, Vivienne Acheampong (The witches) as Lucienne, head librarian and trusted guardian of the Realm of Dreams, Boyd Holbrook (Logan) as The Corinthian, an escaped nightmare who wants to taste everything the world has in store, Charles Dance (Game of Thrones) as Roderick Burgess, a charlatan, blackmailer and magician, and Asim Chaudhry (Black Mirror: Bandersnatch) and Sanjeev Bhaskar (Yesterday) as Abel and Cain, the first victim and the first predator, who are residents and loyal subjects of the dream realm.

Additional cast members include Kirby Howell-Baptiste (To kill Eve, Cruella) as Death, Joely Richardson (Nip/Tuck) as Ethel Cripps, David Thewlis (Harry Potter film) as John Dee, Stephen Fry (Wilde) as Gilbert, Patton Oswalt (Ratatouille) voicing the character of Matthew the Raven and Jenna Coleman (Doctor Who) as Johanna Constantine. Mason Alexander Park, Donna Preston, Razane Jammal, Niamh Walsh, Kyo Ra and Sandra James Young have also been cast as Desire, Despair, Lyta Hall, Young Ethel Cripps, Rose Walker and Unity Kincaid respectively.

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The live-action series was written by Gaiman (American Gods) and Allan Heinberg (wonder Woman, grey’s Anatomy), who is set as showrunner. David S. Goyer (Batman begins, Foundation) is executive producing the drama from Warner Bros. Television.

Sandmanwhich launched DC Comics’ Vertigo imprint, ran for 75 issues from 1989. Gaiman’s worlds-within-worlds wove an episodic anthology focusing on the allegorical nature of Dream and his siblings, known as The Endless (Death, Desire, Despair , delirium, destruction and fate).

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