Gaiman’s amazing graphic novel series, The Sandman, gained a ton of fans since its debut back in the late 1980s, and they have been itching for the day they might see it brought to life on screen for many years. Lucifer is one of the best-known characters within the story, and plenty of people are now wondering who Lucifer will be in The Sandman on Netflix.
Lucifer is a fictional character in The Sandman series published by DC Comics. The character first appeared in The Sandman (vol. 2) #4 (April 1989), and was created by Neil Gaiman and Mike Dringenberg. The character is directly based on the fallen angel and visually inspired by David Bowie, as requested by Neil Gaiman for the designers. Gwendoline Christie is playing him in the series.
There’s been a ton of hype surrounding the premiere of The Sandman, and many people are eager to know more about each of the characters as soon as possible – as well as the talented professionals that will be playing them. Stick around to find out everything you need to know about Gwendoline Christie’s role in The Sandman so far – including snippets from interviews with the cast, the show’s creators, Gaiman, and even sneak peeks of Lucifer on screen!
Who is Lucifer in The Sandman?
Lucifer Morningstar is a character from Vertigo, a division of DC Comics, as well as its eponymous comic book. The character is directly based on the fallen angel and visually inspired by David Bowie, as requested by Neil Gaiman for the designers. The character’s first official appearance was in Superman’s Pal Jimmy Olsen #65, where Jimmy Olsen, in a dream, meets a man who calls himself Mr. L, who he thinks is Lex Luthor’s ancestor, and makes a deal with him, but the consequences are terrifying, as he discovers that the man is actually the fallen angel Lucifer.
After that, the character was constantly modified, having appeared in Weird Mystery Tales #4, Blue Devil #31, DC Special Series #8, not to mention several different versions of Satan that appear in different stories. Garth Ennis introduced a character who was supposed to be the devil in the Constantine series, but with the Season of Mists arc in Sandman, he had to reshape the character who came to be known as The First of the Fallen.
Lucifer himself is mentioned in some stories, such as when it is said that if Lucifer still ruled Hell, Constantine wouldn’t have to worry as he would probably get bored and let him go, but the First of the Fallen was extremely spiteful. At another time, it is told that the real reason the First of the Fallen hated Lucifer was for always losing to him at chess.
Lucifer is best known for his appearance in Neil Gaiman’s famous comic, Sandman, where he participates in the Triumvirate of Hell, first appearing in the Preludes and Nocturnes arc. Then, in Season of Mists, he appears with more emphasis. Annoyed with his existence as Lord of Hell, Lucifer expels all demons and damned souls from Hell, then closes its doors and gives the key to Dream of the Endless (the main character of the Sandman series), obviously foreseeing that the possession of the key would put him in bad shape.
Meanwhile, Hell ends up in the hands of two angels, Duma (the angel of silence) and Remiel, while Lucifer retires to Earth, where he becomes a pianist. A three-chapter miniseries called Morning Star Option was created where heaven sends the angel Amenadiel to make a deal with Lucifer; he needed to get rid of the old nameless gods, but heaven doesn’t want to get directly involved. As payment, Lucifer demands a letter from God
In his own eponymous series with 75 chapters, Lucifer continued to work in his piano bar called Lux, where is shown as a nihilist character. The series focuses on philosophical discussions about free will and shows Lucifer’s journey in a quest to get rid of the control exercised in beings by God. Carey stated that the series is somewhat autobiographical, as sometimes the fallen angel represents the author, and sometimes humanity as a whole.
He is always followed by Lilim Mazikeen, a servant in love with him, and the recurring characters are pagan gods like Izanami, Tsukoyomi, Susano, Loki and Fenrir, angels like Duma, Ramiel and Miguel, demons and even some of the Endless such as Death, Fate, and Dream, as well as various other mystical entities.
Other important characters such as Miguel’s young daughter Elaine Belloc and the creator of Basanos Meleos have key roles in the plot.
Lucifer is considered by many to be the second most powerful character in the DC Universe, second only to his creator Yahweh and tied with his brother Michael Demiurgos. He can manipulate reality, but he cannot destroy or create matter; he can only mold it to his will, it is said that he could have shaped the universe while Michael created it with the power of Yahweh.
Despite this Lucifer hardly uses his powers, preferring to always use strategies, as when he defeated Amenadiel, even though he was almost without powers. If necessary, he usually uses fire and light-based attacks in reference to his name Morning Star.
Who is playing Lucifer in The Sandman?
As far as Lucifer is concerned, the producers had a tough job because Tom Ellis had already been portraying the character in Lucifer, and since it was the same characters, the producers actually considered bringing back Ellis for the show. But, since Ellis’ interpretation of the character would have been hard to both adapt and reconfigure for The Sandman, they opted for a new interpretation and cast Gwendoline Christie in the role.
Gwendoline Christie was born in Worthing and grew up near the South Downs, in the South of England. As a child, she began a semi-professional career in rhythmic gymnastics but had to stop because of an injury. Her unusual height (1.91 meters) caught the attention of photographer Polly Borland, who employed her as a model between 2002 and 2008, mainly for nude photos.
In 2005, she graduated from Drama Center London, a drama school attached to Central Saint Martins College of Art and Design. In 2012, she joined the cast of the Game of Thrones series in the role of Brienne de Tarth. She also participated in the latest installment of the Hunger Games saga, released in 2015, in the role of Lyme.
The same year, she played the role of Captain Phasma, commander of the First Order Stormtroopers, in Star Wars: The Force Awakens, the seventh installment of the Star Wars saga. She reprised this role in the eighth installment, released in 2017. In 2017, the actress appeared in China Girl, the second season of Top of the Lake, as Miranda Hilmarson, an officer in the Sydney police force, and the new partner of the main character played by Elisabeth Moss; the character was written especially for her by one of the series’ creators Jane Campion.
In April 2018, it was confirmed that she would reprise the role of Captain Phasma in the animated series Star Wars Resistance. That same year, she appeared in the film The Darkest Minds, adapted from the trilogy of the same name by Alexandra Bracken, and as Anna in the film Welcome to Marwen by Robert Zemeckis. She also plays in the film In Fabric by Peter Strickland.