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The Sandman Casts Orpheus, Thor, Loki, Odin & More For Season Two

July 2, 2024 | Posted by Jeremy Thomas
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Netflix’s The Sandman has added a number of cast members for its second season, with the roles of Orpheus, Thor, Loki, Odin and others officially revealed. The company announced the new cast members on Tuesday for the graphic novel adaptation, which begins production on season two next week.

The announcement of the new cast members are as follows:

* Ruairi O’Connor is Orpheus, a poet, musician, oracle, and the only child of Dream and the muse, Calliope (last seen in The Sandman, Episode 11). Orpheus is an idealistic, romantic, young man — and very much his father’s son — until tragedy strikes and reveals to him the true nature of love.
* Freddie Fox is Loki, the god of chaos. Loki is a charming, seductive shape-shifter. The smartest and most dangerous person in any room, Loki is utterly irresistible and never to be trusted.
* Clive Russell plays Odin, the father of Thor, and blood-brother of Loki. He is a longtime ally of Dream’s, but finds himself driven to desperate extremes in his efforts to stave off Ragnarök.
* Laurence O’Fuarain is Thor, the storm god. With his hammer Mjollnir, Thor is brusque, rude, and driven entirely by his appetites for food and drink, battle, and sex.
* Ann Skelly is Nuala, and Douglas Booth is Cluracan, royal emissaries from the court of Faerie. Nuala and Cluracan are siblings who are opposites in every way. Nuala is responsible, empathetic, and principled. Cluracan is an impulsive rogue who lives for pleasure. They disagree about everything, except their devotion to each other.
* Jack Gleeson plays Puck, a malevolent hobgoblin who serves as the royal jester to King Auberon of Faerie. Puck is fascinated by mortals and enjoys nothing more than making sport of them for his own amusement. He’s also the inspiration for Shakespeare’s Puck in A Midsummer Night’s Dream.
* Indya Moore plays Wanda, a professional driver and security agent for an exclusive travel firm. Wanda proves herself to be an indispensable guide on an Endless road trip to the waking world.
* Steve Coogan is the voice of Barnabas, the canine companion of the Endless’s Prodigal brother. Barnabas is loyal and loving, but an outspoken cynic. Meaning, he’s both man’s best friend and man’s sharpest critic.

The new cast members join returning stars Tom Sturridge (Morpheus), Kirby Howell-Baptiste (Death), Mason Alexander Park (Desire), Donna Preston (Despair), Patton Oswalt (Matthew), Vivienne Acheampong (Lucienne), Gwendoline Christie (Lucifer), Jenna Coleman (Johanna Constantine), Ferdinand Kingsley (Hob Gadling), Stephen Fry (Gilbert), Asim Chaudhry (Abel), Sanjeev Bhaskar (Cain), Vanesu Samunyai (Rose Walker), and Razane Jammal (Lyta Hall). The remainer of the Endless — Morpheus’ siblings — are appearing in season two with Adrian Lester playing Destiny, Esmé Creed-Miles playing Delirium, and Barry Sloane playing The Prodigal.

The Sandman, based on the acclaimed Neil Gaiman comics, was a hit for Netflix both critically and commercially when it released in 2022.

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