Neil Gaiman’s beloved Vertigo comic Sandman is finally coming to television, and according to sources actor Michael Sheen could be the frontrunner to play Lucifer on the spin-off show.
More than three years after New Line’s failed attempt to turn the graphic novel into a feature film, Netflix signed a massive financial deal last July with Warner Bros. to adapt the best-seller into a live-action TV series.
Sources familiar with the pact noted it is the most expensive TV series that DC Entertainment has ever done.
The drama has officially been picked up with an 11-episode order.
Allan Heinberg (Wonder Woman, ABC’s The Catch, Grey’s Anatomy) is set to write and serve as showrunner on the straight-to-series drama.
Gaiman, who created the ongoing monthly comic, will executive produce alongside David Goyer.
The Sandman will be unconnected to the current Netflix version, and will feature a different interpretation of Lucifer Morningstar.
The website We Got This Covered is quoting sources that Good Omens star Michael Sheen is one actor that’s being eyed for the part.
Sheen’s potential involvement in the project isn’t a surprise, either, considering his close friendship with Gaiman means that he often stars in the celebrated writer’s productions.
Landing the part of Satan would also be a fun inversion of his Good Omens role – the angel Aziraphale.
Sources all say that The Sandman‘s Lucifer will go on to appear in the DC Extended Universe (DCEU).
Apparently Netflix’s series will essentially be part of the cinematic franchise, though we shouldn’t expect there to be any real connectivity (think how the various Defenders shows on Netflix were technically part of the MCU, but didn’t have much that connected them to the movies).
But there are plans to bring some of its characters into the DCEU later down the line and that includes Lucifer.
There’s no word on whether the DCEU Warner Bros. wants to use Lucifer, but we are aware that they have big plans for John Constantine.
No release date has been announced by Netflix.
The current Lucifer, starring Tom Ellis, is filming its final season.
Episodes will be released on Netflix in two 8-episode parts, the first later this spring.
Attribution:We Got This Covered