In advance of the release of Netflix’s “The Sandman“, actor Kirby Howell-Baptiste discusses how she and co-star Tom Sturridge became like brothers and sisters. “The Sandman” is finally getting its for-screen adaptation after initially being developed as a movie in the early 1990s, thanks to Netflix’s decision to produce the series in 2019. A number of other cast members, including Gwendoline Christie, Vivienne Acheampong, Boyd Holbrook, Charles Dance, Mason Alexander Park, Jenna Coleman, Vanesu Samunyai, and Stephen Fry, were also cast in May 2021, along with Howell-Baptiste as Death.
“The Sandman” will be based on Neil Gaiman’s comic book series of the same name. In “The Sandman” on Netflix, Morpheus, the king of Dreams, played by Sturridge, will break free from a protracted prison sentence and attempt to reestablish order in his kingdom of the Dreaming. This adaptation will switch between the kingdom of Dreaming and the real world, just like the comics do.
Howell-Baptiste talks about working with Sturridge on “The Sandman” season 1 in an exclusive interview with Screen Rant at Comic-Con. The actor reveals that, like her characters, she and Sturridge grew to have a sibling-like relationship. They were able to establish a strong bond because they were frequently the only people on set. Below is the complete quotation from Howell-Baptiste:
“Well, Tom and I, we spent a lot of time literally walking and talking and discussing from the smallest things to the absolute biggest questions in the universe. We kind of did that on and off camera. For the most part, just him and I, and so we bonded very quickly. We connected, we spoke all the time. It’d be just literally him and I in the green room, so we had nothing to do but get to know each other. And I think we really did build a sibling-like relationship.”
Part of the seven extraordinarily potent beings known as the Endless are Dream and Death. Like her name implies, Howell-character Baptiste’s is the anthropomorphic representation of death, and each of her siblings represents the elemental force that bears their names. Death frequently appears throughout “The Sandman” series giving advice to Dream, taking on the role of the protective older sister among her siblings in the comics. The closeness of Dream and Death seems to be highlighted throughout the TV series, as Howell-Baptiste suggests, as official clips and trailers frequently show them together. In one of the most recent Netflix videos, Dream assists Death in assisting an elderly man named Harry in passing away.
Given Gaiman’s significant involvement in the series’ creation, the images and clips that have been made public so far indicate that Netflix’s adaptation of “The Sandman” will be faithful to the comic book. Since Sturridge and Howell-Baptiste are so close in real life, their on-screen sibling bond will undoubtedly benefit from this comic accuracy, it appears that Dream and Death’s relationship is also included. Fans of the comic book series won’t have to wait long to see how Sturridge and Howell-sibling Baptiste’s translates to Dream and Death’s because “The Sandman” will be released in a few days.