Lucifer Showrunner Praises The Sandman’s Gwendoline Christie

When Neil Gaiman’s Netflix series The Sandman cast Gwendoline Christie as Lucifer, fans of the Fox TV show Lucifer were not happy at the gender-swapping of the character from the version played for several seasons by Tom Ellis. Now Lucifer co-showrunner Joe Henderson has given his opinion on the portrayal of the character in The Sandman, and was full of praise for the actress and her depiction of the Lord of Hell.

Neil Gaiman’s The Sandman arrived on Netflix last month to great acclaim and plenty of online controversy as a select group of fans took it upon themselves to take issue with several casting choices in the new series. Near the top of this list was Gwendoline Christie taking on the role of Lucifer, a character that was spun out from The Sandman for the Fox show. However, as well as being defended by Gaiman, the showrunners of Tom Ellis’ show have also added their support to Christie’s portrayal of the character, one that she will be clearly reprising if The Sandman gets a second season. Henderson told TVLine:

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“I loved her. I love it. It’s funny, many of the fans were like, “Why isn’t it Tom Ellis?” If you watch the show you see why, because her Lucifer is cruel, and brutal, and awesome. And it would break our hearts if Tom Ellis played that version of it, because ours is very sweet and kind. I love the differences, and I want to write the road trip spinoff of the two of them traveling America together and getting in trouble!”

The Sandman Has Yet to Be Renewed at Netflix

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The Sandman landed on Netflix to high praise and a good set of viewing figures, but as yet, there has been no word on whether the show will be getting a second season. While fans of the series would love to see Gaiman’s magical world developing further, the first season logged a budget of around $30 million an episode, and that means there will always be some reflection time before the green light is given.

Following the series debut, Gaiman himself told fans to curb their enthusiasm for a possible second season, warning that it takes more than just a good initial hit to get more episodes commissioned. He wrote on his Twitter account:

“Because Sandman is a really expensive show. And for Netflix to release the money to let us make another season we have to perform incredibly well. So yes, we’ve been the top show in the world for the last two weeks. That still may not be enough.”

The Sandman already gave fans a little more than expected by adding an additional two-story episode to the run of ten that made up its first season as a surprise bonus. Although some have speculated that the additional episode was released because Netflix is not planning on renewing the show, Gaiman assured fans that is not the case, and the extra episode was always part of the plan.

All eleven episodes of The Sandman are available now on Netflix.