With only a little more than a week to go before Neil Gaiman (American Gods), Dirk Maggs (Good Omens, Anansi Boys), and Audible Originals' first-ever audio production of the author's popular and highly influential The Sandman, fans are being treated to a look at/listen to the official trailer for the adaptation. Set for release on July 15, the following clip does much more than serve as a date reminder: listeners also get a tiny sample of what they can expect from James McAvoy (His Dark Materials), whos' tackling the "Dream" role of Morpheus.
When The Sandman, also known as Lord Morpheus – the immortal king of dreams, stories and the imagination – is pulled from his realm and imprisoned on Earth by a nefarious cult, he languishes for decades before finally escaping. Once free, he must retrieve the three "tools" that will restore his power and help him to rebuild his dominion, which has deteriorated in his absence. As the multi-threaded story unspools, The Sandman descends into Hell to July confront Lucifer, chases rogue nightmares who have escaped his realm, and crosses paths with an array of characters from DC comic books, ancient myths, and real-world history, including: Inmates of Gotham City's Arkham Asylum, Doctor Destiny, the muse Calliope, the three Fates, William Shakespeare, and many more.
Narrated by creative director and executive producer Gaiman, the adaptation also stars Riz Ahmed as The Corinthian, Justin Vivian Bond as Desire, Arthur Darvill as William Shakespeare, Kat Dennings as Death, Taron Egerton as John Constantine, William Hope as Doctor Destiny, Josie Lawrence as Mad Hettie, Miriam Margolyes as Despair, Samantha Morton as Urania Blackwell, Bebe Neuwirth as The Siamese Cat, Andy Serkis as Matthew the Raven, Michael Sheen as Lucifer, and many more. Maggs serves as executive produces, writes, and directs, with an original score by award-winning composer and musician James Hannigan. While DC Comics' The Sandman consists of ten main graphic novels, three sequel collections, and spinoffs set within Gaiman's universe, Audible's adaptation focuses on the first three volumes in the series ("Preludes & Nocturnes", "The Doll's House", and "Dream Country").