The next season of Audible’s Sandman audio drama is nearly here. According to the audiobook company, it will be released on September 22nd, and will feature not only the return of James McAvoy and Andy Serkis, but also include Brian Cox, John Lithgow, Kristen Schaal, and more.
Audible released the adaptation a little over a year ago—a 10-hour audio drama based on Neil Gaiman’s comic series, following the story of the Sandman, aka Lord Morpheus as he’s imprisoned on Earth by a cult. Earlier this year, Audible announced that it had renewed the series for an additional two volumes: Act II would cover Season of Mists, Distant Mirrors, A Game of You, and Convergence, while Act III would adapt Brief Lives and Worlds Ends. Dirk Maggs, who directed the first volume, will return to work on the next two, while Gaiman will return as narrator.
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Now, we know who’ll star in the project: McAvoy will return as Dream/Lord Morpheus, as well as Kat Dennings (Death), Michael Sheen (Lucifer), and Andy Serkis (Matthew the Raven).
The new season will also include Emma Corrin (Thessaly), Brian Cox (Augustus), Arthur Darvill (William Shakespeare), Miriam Margolyes (Despair), John Lithgow (Emperor Joshua Norton), Joanna Lumley (Lady Johanna Constantine), Bebe Neuwirth (Bast), Bill Nighy (Odin), Regé-Jean Page (Orpheus), Kristen Schaal (Delirium), Kevin Smith (Merv Pumpkinhead), David Tennant (Loki), Niamh Walsh (Nuala), and Jeffrey Wright (Destiny).
Additionally, starting today, the first episode of the series will be free for anyone to listen to on Audible, and anyone with an Alexa-equipped device can listen to the entire series starting on August 3rd. (Ask Alexa to “read The Sandman.”) It will also be available through Amazon Music starting today.
Audible’s project is also not the only Sandman project coming down the pipeline: Netflix is set to release a live-action TV series sometime later this year.