Neil Gaiman responded to the backlash against the casting of Gwendoline Christie as Lucifer in Netflix’s The Sandman.
Gwendoline Christie is set to play Lucifer in Netflix’s upcoming series, The Sandman. Based on Neil Gaiman’s acclaimed graphic novel series of the same name, a live-action adaptation of the books has been in development for years. Now, this adaptation is set to hit the streaming giant later this year.
However, as expected when it comes to dealing with fandom on the internet, some have voiced their disdain at the casting choice of her as Lucifer in The Sandman. Well, Neil Gaiman has a blunt response for such backlash against Christie:
Neil Gaiman also called out an individual who claimed that casting the Game of Thrones star as Lucifer changes the source material too much, and also claimed that the author once stated that he disliked it when such changes are made:
It’s perfectly fine to be skeptical about any casting decisions. In fact, if one wasn’t fond of Gwendoline Christie’s performances in her previous work such as Game of Thrones and the Star Wars Sequel Trilogy, then that’s okay. However, it is clear that much of this backlash is coming from the same group of complainers that get angry whenever “woke” casting occurs. Neil Gaiman clearly believes that she has the goods to bring Lucifer to life in the series. After all, she’s a Primetime Emmy Award Nominee for Outstanding Supporting Actress in a Drama Series for her performance as Brienne of Tarth in the final season of Game of Thrones. Here’s hoping she brings it to such an iconic comic book character.
Here is the synopsis for Netflix’s The Sandman:
A rich blend of modern myth and dark fantasy in which contemporary fiction, historical drama and legend are seamlessly interwoven, The Sandman follows the people and places affected by Morpheus, the Dream King, as he mends the cosmic — and human — mistakes he’s made during his vast existence.
The series stars Tom Sturridge, Gwendoline Christie, Vivienne Acheampong, Boyd Holbrook, Charles Dance, Asim Chaudhry, Sanjeev Bhaskar, Kirby Howell-Baptiste, Jenna Coleman, Joely Richardson, David Thewlis, Stephen Fry, and Patton Oswalt.
Wonder Woman co-writer Allan Heinberg serves as showrunner, writer, and executive producer on Sandman. In addition to their duties as writers, Neil Gaiman and David S. Goyer are also on board as executive producers.
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