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'The Sandman' Gets August Premiere Date, New Teaser Trailer From Netflix

Watch a new teaser for Netflix's 'The Sandman' ahead of its August premiere.
by Danielle Turchiano — 
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Netflix's 'The Sandman'

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Netflix has set the premiere of The Sandman for Aug. 5 and just released a new teaser for the adaptation of the DC Comics story.

Also, Mark Hamill has joined the cast as Merv Pumpkinhead.

From Allan Heinberg, David S. Goyer, and Neil Gaiman, Netflix's The Sandman stars Tom Sturridge in the titular role and Kirby Howell-Baptiste as Death. The two are siblings and surrounded by a cast of characters that includes Lucifer (Gwendoline Christie); John Dee, aka Doctor (David Thewlis); The Corinthian (Boyd Holbrook); Lucienne (Vivienne Acheampong); Roderick Burgess (Charles Dance); Cain (Sanjeev Bhaskar); and Abel (Asim Chaudhry).

This version of the story updates the original, more-than three-decades old comics by setting it in present-day, following Morpheus after he escapes imprisonment on Earth, where he was for 105 years because occultist Roderick wanted to capture Death in 1912 but got her brother instead and ... kept him. But now, upon his escape, he has to reclaim the three totems of his power (a pouch of sand, a helm, and a ruby) in order to rebuild the dilapidated dream world.

"Forgive me sire of the palace, the realm, they are not as you left them. With you gone, the realm began to decay and crumble," Death explains to her brother in the teaser, which you can watch below.

"The dreams and nightmares no longer seem to recognize their monster. Who will remind them?" the teaser also notes.

His re-arrival turns more than a few heads, though, and as more characters catch wind of the fact that Dream is "out of his cage," the more obstacles will be in his path to reclaim those totems.

The show also stars Patton Oswalt, Jenna Coleman, Stephen Fry, Mason Alexander Park, Donna Preston, Vanesu Samunyai (formerly known as "Kyo Ra"), John Cameron Mitchell, Joely Richardson, Niamh Walsh, Sandra James Young, and Razane Jammal.