In an Instagram post to her nearly 150K followers, Paranormal actress Razane Jammal announced this past week, enthusiastically, “what a dream come true! Thrilled to have joined the DC family."
The series is based on The Sandman comic book series created for DC by Neil Gaiman, who is also co-writing the first episode of the Netflix adaptation alongside David S. Goyer and Allan Heinberg. The Sandman follows those affected by Morpheus, the Dream King (played by Sturridge) as he mends the cosmic — and at times human — mistakes he’s made during his infinite existence. Jammal will play Lyta Hall, the best friend and travel companion of Rose Walker (played by newcomer Kyo Ra), who is one of the main protagonists of the comic book series.
Gaiman, who is fresh from adapting the novel he wrote with Terry Pratchett, Good Omens, said the first series would only cover Preludes and Nocturnes, the first eight comics in the Sandman series. According to the Hollywood Reporter, sources have described the deal between Netflix and Sandman's owner Warner Bros. as "the most expensive TV series that division DC Entertainment has ever done." The announcement came in the summer of 2019, after several attempts to make a screen adaptation of The Sandman failed and Netflix stepped in to close a massive deal with Warner Bros. which will include at least 11 episodes -- already ordered by the streaming giant. Jamal is set to star in all 11.
The British-Lebanese actress started her modelling career in her mid-teens and was the face of Chanel in the Middle East. Her feature debut came in 2010, when she landed a role alongside actor Edgar Ramirez in Olivier Assayas' Golden Globe-winning Carlos, which premiered at the Cannes Film Festival. Jammal also worked with Kanye West on his short Cruel Summer. After appearing in several blockbusters, both in Hollywood and within the Arab world, Jammal was most recently featured in Paranormal, a Netflix series directed by Amr Salama and Majid al Ansari.
The Sandman so far has announced Jamie Childs (Doctor Who) and The Handmaid's Tale's Mike Barker in the director's chair for the first few episodes and co-stars Charles Dance, Stephen Fry, Jenna Coleman along with a slew of who's who in the acting world.
The series is slated for release later this year.