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First look at Gwendoline Christie as Lucifer in Netflix’s The Sandman

Not exactly the TV’s Lucifer you might be imagining

Gwendoline Christie as Lucifer — her white hair bobbed and waved like a biblical angel, her face framed by the shadow of black wings — in a promo image for Sandman on HBO Max. Image: Netflix
Susana Polo is an entertainment editor at Polygon, specializing in pop culture and genre fare, with a primary expertise in comic books. Previously, she founded The Mary Sue.

Fans have been dreaming up celebrity casts for a film adaptation of The Sandman for decades, and this weekend at DC FanDome, Netflix revealed the latest look at its official cast for the upcoming The Sandman Netflix series: Gwendoline Christie as Lucifer, the uncanny Lord of all Hell. A first look of Tom Sturridge as the main character, Dream, was released previously at Netflix’s own Tudum event.

Based on the legendary DC Comics series of the same name, created by Gaiman and the crème de la crème of late ’80s/early ’90s comics artists, Netflix’s The Sandman has taken a long road to film adaptation. The series is pegged as “the most expensive TV series that DC Entertainment has ever done.” Christie’s character might be best known to TV audiences as played by Tom Ellis in the TV series Lucifer, which is also (loosely) based on Sandman — in which Lucifer eventually renounces his rule of Hell to spite the Allmighty, and opens a nightclub.

But Christie’s version looks to hew much closer to the character as he first appeared in The Sandman, a likeness based somewhat on David Bowie of a laconic, shaggy-headed fallen angel complete with huge, black, membranous wings.

Christie joins Sturridge as the titular Sandman aka Dream, Mason Alexander Park as Desire, Kirby Howell-Baptiste as Death, and other cast including Jenna Coleman (Doctor Who), David Thewlis (the Harry Potter franchise), Stephen Fry (V for Vendetta), and Patton Oswalt (MODOK). Sandman does not have a premiere date.