Today, Audible Inc. announced the cast and premiere date of the highly anticipated second installment of the New York Times best-selling original multi-part audio drama series, The sand man with, The Sandman: Act II. The exclusive audio series will continue to adapt the New York Times best-selling graphic novel series, The sand man. The novel written by Neil Gaiman and published by DC is set to debut on September 22, 2021 on Audible. The first installment will be available for free on Audible, Amazon Music, and through Alexa-enabled devices this summer.
The Sandman: Act II will again be adapted and directed by Dirk Maggs and narrated by Gaiman, who is also Creative Director and Co-Executive Producer. The cast of the set will be helmed by James McAvoy in the title role of Dream, with Kat Dennings, Michael Sheen and Andy Serkis reprising their respective roles. Jeffrey Wright, Regé-Jean Page, Brian Cox, Emma Corrin, John Lithgow, David Tennant, Bill Nighy, Kristen Schaal, Kevin Smith, Aidan Turner, Bebe Neuwirth, Adrian Lester, Miriam Margolyes, Arthur Darvill, Ray Porter and a long list additional actors are ready to join them. The original score is again provided by BAFTA award-winning composer James Hannigan.
This second installment follows closely the first success of the original multi-part audio drama series, The sand man, which was released on July 15, 2020 to break pre-order records. It also has the distinction of being the best-selling Original Audible in the history of the company and held the No. 1 spot on The New York Times List of audio fiction bestsellers in July 2020 and August 2020. The Sandman: Act II will fit volume four: Season of Mists, and volume 5: A game of you as good as “Distant mirrors” quartet and “Convergence” trio from volume 6: Fables & Reflections, from the series of graphic novels.
In anticipation of the upcoming debut of the new opus, starting today, fans in the United States can catch up, listen again or discover The sand man in audio for the first time, free, before returning to Dreaming with Act II in September. Listeners can download the first full installment of The sand man free on Audible, from July 22 to October 22; listen to episodes 1 to 3 of the first opus on all Amazon Music levels, from July 22 to October 22; and experience The sand man in its entirety via Alexa-enabled devices from August 3-31 by simply saying “Alexa, read The sand man. “
This upcoming Audible Original joins a powerful roster of original audio dramas, including Kill Hollywood: The Cotton Club Murder with Christian Slater, Juliette Lewis and Rainn Wilson, Panic: ghosts and legends by Lauren Oliver, Gardening work written by David Koepp and with Kevin Bacon, Phreaks with Christian Slater and Ben McKenzie, When you’re done saving the world written and performed by Jesse Eisenberg, and many others.