The Sandman comic series by Neil Gaiman become a sensation the moment viewers saw its first glimpse. Seeing this epic fantasy finally adapted for television filled fans with excitement. The world of dreams comes to life with Morpheus trying to regain his kingdom. Besides Dream, we also meet other Endless, including Destiny, Death, Destruction, Desire, Despair, and Delirium. But perhaps the most iconic character of the series was Lucifer Morningstar. In the upcoming Netflix adaptation of the show, this character will be played by legendary actress Gwendoline Christie.
However, fans expressed their disappointment in casting Christie as Lucifer because they have already seen a male version of Lucifer in Netflix’s series with the same name. Seeing angry fan reactions, Neil Gaiman, also serving as the executive producer of the adaptation, defended his character cast. Read on to know more about what the writer has to say about this version of Lucifer.
Neil Gaiman opened up about picking Gwendoline Christie as Lucifer in The Sandman
In a conversation with New York Times, the team asked Neil Gaiman about the world they are bringing onscreen and how the readers will connect them with this Netflix presentation of the comic. Of course, the fan backlash over Lucifer’s casting came up during the interview. Neil shared that he created the character of Lucifer in 1987, inspired by David Bowie. He imagined the appearance of Lucifer, someone like this folk singer. But he never defined sexuality, and even in the comics, the character does not have any gender-based posture.
“I made it very clear later that Lucifer was sexless, “ stated the executive producer.
Moreover, he revealed they were looking for someone who could just pull off the character tremendously. Eventually, they found the perfect match in Game of Thrones star and featured her as Lucifer.
“I loved Gwendoline’s Titania in “A Midsummer Night’s Dream.” She was incredibly powerful as Brienne of Tarth,” Gaiman told NY Times.
The writer thinks she is a beautifully talented artist who can give a tough fight to the protagonist. This is why they took her as the main antagonist, the lord of hell, draped in black.
Well, we can’t wait for Gaiman’s vision of Lucifer to reach our screens. The Sandman is going to premiere on Netflix on August 5, 2022. Put your Netflix notification on so you don’t miss the arrival.