Netflix's The Sandman Casts Jenna Coleman, Patton Oswalt & More

By Aeron Mer Eclarinal Updated:
Netflix logo, Sandman, Jenna Coleman, Patton Oswalt

A live-action Sandman adaptation has been the wish of many fans, but the wait will finally be over since Netflix decided to greenlight a series based on the award-winning books of Neil Gaiman. 

Sandman will feature Tom Sturridge as the titular Dream of the Endless, and joining him is a star-studded ensemble that includes the likes of Charles Dance, Gwendoline Christie, and Boyd Holbrook.  Plot details are still being kept under wraps, but it is expected that it will be faithful to Gaiman's stories from the comics with an added modern twist

Now, it seems that the stacked cast is only getting bigger based on a new reveal. 


DC officially revealed the second wave of actors that will be featured in Netflix's Sandman which includes the likes of Patton Oswalt, Jenna Coleman, and Kirby Howell-Baptiste. 

Oswalt will voice Matthew the Raven, Coleman will portray Johanna Constantine, an ancestor of John Constantine, and Kirby Howell-Baptiste will play Death. 

The full cast and roles can be seen in the image below: 

DC Comics, Sandman cast
DC Comics


The combined might of the pandemic and production delays might've derailed the momentum of Netflix's Sandman, but the casting announcements appear to have boosted the anticipation for the series. 

The inclusion of Jenna Coleman's Johanna Constantine is an exciting development, considering the character's ties to the famous John Constantine. It remains to be seen how Johanna will tie into the show's larger storyline, but seeing her and Morpheus together for a continuous back and forth will be a sight to see. 

Meanwhile, Patton Oswalt's Matthew the Raven is a significant ally of Dream of the Endless during his exploits in the comics. Oswalt already showed his voicing prowess during Hulu's MODOK, and his arrival on Sandman should benefit the DC series. 

The star power of Sandman is definitely one of the main topics of discussion among fans, but the story potential of Neil Gaiman's comic books should not be ignored. To recap, the award-winning run of Gaiman's stories follows the adventures of Dream of the Endless as he tries to repair his fallen kingdom after being imprisoned by humans for 70 years.

Given that Gaiman's stories showcased a non-linear storytelling approach, this could hint that the 11-episode run of the series will have a similar strategy. The fact that Sandman has a stacked cast means that certain episodes will give them the chance to shine in their own respective narrative. 

- About The Author: Aeron Mer Eclarinal
Aeron is a news/features writer and Content Lead for The Direct who has been working for the site since March 2020. From writing about the inter-connectivity of the Marvel Cinematic Universe to having an extended knowledge about DC TV's Arrowverse, Aeron's expertise has since expanded into the realm of reality TV, K-drama, animated, and live-action shows from Netflix,  Disney+, Prime Video, MGM+, Peacock, Paramount+, and Max. When he isn't writing and watching all things MCU, Aeron is heavily invested with the NBA (go Celtics!) and occasionally watches thrilling matches in the WWE.