James McAvoy, Kat Dennings to star in Neil Gaiman’s Sandman audio

After more than 30 years in various stages of development, an audio adaptation of Neil Gaiman’s Sandman comic is coming in July.

Neil Gaiman announced on Wednesday that The Sandman will be available on podcast and audiobook platforms on July 15.

The adaptation is directed by accomplished audio dramatist Dirk Maggs, and overseen by Gaiman himself. The creator of the seminal comic also serves as creative director, executive producer, and narrator.

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The upcoming audio adaptation will have James McAvoy as Dream, a godlike being who, after being imprisoned by an occultist for 70 years, finds himself on a quest to rebuild his ethereal kingdom.

The podcast is aimed to adapt the first three volumes of the graphic novel series: Preludes & NocturnesThe Doll’s House, and Dream Country). Gaiman’s series originally ran from 1989 to 1996 but has since been continued in a number of directions.

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Other members of the cast include Riz Ahmed, Justin Vivian Bond as Desire, Arthur Darvill, Kat Dennings as Death, Taron Egerton, William Hope, Josie Lawrence, Miriam Margolyes as Despair, Samantha Morton, Bebe Neuwirth, Andy Serkis, and Michael Sheen as Lucifer.

“This is a rich audio adaptation of The Sandman Graphic Novels, brilliantly crafted by Dirk Maggs, with an all-star cast,” Neil Gaiman in a statement from the original announcement. “I’ve loved being there to talk casting, there to read the scripts and offer occasional advice, and there in the studios, watching magic get made and recording the narration. I can’t wait until the world hears what we’ve done.”

Audible will release the first part of the series on July 15. However, it isn’t known yet how many installments there will be. The podcast is the start of Sandman fever. Netflix announced in July 2019 that they are working on a TV adaptation of the series, headed by The Dark Knight screenwriter David S. Goyer.

More details about how to pre-order the audio adaptation can be found on Audible’s website.

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