Netflix releases new stills from The Sandman and showrunner Neil Gaiman explains how Kirby Howell-Baptiste Landed The Role Of Death
Fresh off the release of the trailer Netflix is going into high gear to promote the upcoming series by releasing a bunch of new stills.
The SDCC trailer was followed by two extended clips from the show which featured The lord of Hell Lucifer Morningstar and Morpheus's sister Death.
Now the latest set of stills released by Netflix via IGN gives us a better look at the show, Netflix also released a BTS featurette from the show.
The pictures include that of Dream played by Tom Sturridge on his throne, Lucifer Morningstar played by Gwendoline Christie and Death played by Kirby Howell-Baptiste.
Ina recent interview with IGN creator of the comics and showrunner Neil Gaiman spoke about Kirby Howell-Baptiste and how she landed the role of Death.
“There were actresses of every possible ethnicity,” the writer recalls. “Amazing actresses. Incredibly beautiful, incredibly brilliant, fabulous actresses. And their audition included talking about Mary Poppins and telling Dream that he was the most pathetic excuse for an anthropomorphic personification on this or any other plane.”
“They had to be delivered with certainty. You had to know that this person really was Dream's big sister, who he would listen to," Gaiman continued. "And when we saw Kirby's audition, that for me was really the first time that I saw those lines delivered in a way that I believed. And I was surprised, because I had imagined that we'd have at least an American, or an American accent, on our Death. Was not expecting a British Death. And then when I saw what Kirby had given us, I was like, ‘Oh, this is what I want. This is magic.’"
While there was a certain backlash from some fans for casting the actress in the role, which nowadays is to be expected.
Kirby Howell-Baptiste seems to have been the right pick for the role considering what we have seen from the trailer and the extended clips.
The BTS featurette has the cast and crew talking about the show and how they brought the iconic comic series to life
The Sandman also stars Jenna Coleman as Johanna Constantine, Mason Alexander Park as Desire, Charles Dance as black magician Roderick Burgess, and Sanjeeve Bhaskar as Cain. Joely Richardson will play Ethel Cripps, while David Thewlis will take on the role of her son John Dee, aka the deranged Dr. Destiny.
The Sandman will stream on Netflix on August 5th.