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Dream casting, Sandman Casting Call Part 8: Heavenly Creatures and Hellspawn.

September 25th, 2010 by Susie

Sandman played host to gods and demons from a vast array of pantheons.  This post will concern itself with the biblical.

One of the most complex characters in the series is Lucifer.  So much so, that he was given his own long running spin off series.  His arc is one of the most surprising in the whole series, so I won’t go into it.  I’ll just describe his back story.  He was the light bringer, God’s most beloved Angel.  He decided that he didn’t like being a servant to his creator, so he led a rebellion of Angels.  They lost, and were cast out of Heaven.  They fell and became the residents and staff of Hell.  Lucifer became the Lord of Hell, also known as the Adversary.  He was fond of saying it was better to rule in Hell, than serve in Heaven.

This version of the Devil is erudite, calm, slick, and very dangerous.  He is drawn to look like the angel he once was, but with (for  lack of a better word) a certain edge.  His hair is sometimes shown as blond, sometimes as red.  His eyes are piercing, his cheekbones sharp.  Everything about him is sharp, including his taste in clothes.  He favors tuxedos, with a jaunty scarf, for accent.

Neil Gaiman apparently based him on David Bowie, and it’s hard to argue with that.  Except to say, I would not cast him.  Only for the reason, that I would find the fact that it was David Bowie playing a very David Bowie part, at this point in his career, distracting.

So instead I nominate Jonathan Rhys Meyers.

He already played a Bowie-esque character in the film Velvet Goldmine.  And he did it with great aplomb.  He’s also played sinister characters very well.  Most recently he played a self centered, hot tempered, king on the Tudors.

Lucifer had a demon lover, by the name of Mazikeen.  She was devoted to him, and she rules.  She is a badass!  And I kind of love her.  She has a very distinctive look, one that would have to be replicated with a lot of prosthetics, and probably CGI.  One side of her body looks like a beautiful brunette, the other is a twisted, mangled approximation of a human woman.  She is equally proud and confident with both.  My pick for her is Famke Janssen.

(This picture is taken from the Lucifer series, after Mazi’s “deformity” was corrected.  She was not at all pleased by that.  She continued to wear a mask over the side of her face where it had been.)

Famke is best known for playing Jean Grey in the X-Men films, but it was her turn as a sociopath on the first season of Nip/Tuck, that put her in my mind for Mazikeen.  I haven’t considered anyone else since.  She projected intense strength and intelligence in that part, even as she did super crazy stuff.

There were a couple of non fallen Angels in Sandman.  They were almost always together, so I will cast them as a team.  Remiel, was the mouthpiece of the two.  Only because Duma, the Angel of silence, never spoke.

They look very similar.  Slight, feminine, beautiful men, with curly blonde locks.

I would put Joe Anderson, as Remiel, and Eddie Redmayne, as Duma.

Anderson has played supporting parts in Across the Universe, and Becoming Jane.  He is very nice to look at, and he could properly convey the arrogance that is hiding under Remiel’s humble exterior.  I have only seen Redmayne in an adaptation of Tess of D’Urbervilles, in which he played a character named Angel.  That wasn’t what made me think of him.  There is something unusual about his face.  It isn’t necessarily ethereal, but it is otherworldly.  I think he could bring out the enigmatic quality, of Duma.  He is silent, but he is very present.

Coming next, faeries!

Return to the Labyrinth volumes 1 through 3

September 17th, 2009 by Susie

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I have known about and avoiding this manga sequel from TokyoPop to the classic Jim Henson movie the Labyrinth, for a few years now.  The Labyrinth is one of those special movies that I have watched many times since I was a child, and treasure as much now as then.  So when, around  five years ago I stumbled across the listing on Amazon for the first volume, I was taken aback.  I could not help but be worried that the people producing this series would miss the charm and wonder of the original.  I did not even want to take the chance that it would disappoint, so I left it alone.  I am not sure what made me check if the library had them now, but I am glad I did.  No, author Jake T. Forbes has not quite created a story as brilliant as the movie.  He has crafted a narrative that pays homage to the original, while cutting it’s own path through the Labyrinth. This time it is Toby, whom you may remember as the baby that heroine Sarah had to rescue from the Goblin King, who is the teenage hero. He finds himself pulled into the Labyrinth and makes friends both new to the audience as well as familiar ones.  His adventures in the first volume while not boring, do feel a little like a retread. However  it is as the story progresses and we learn of King Jareth’s designs for Toby and his motives and also as we get a broader view of the world he inhabits that I found my self truly invested in the story.  Volume 3 took the plot in a direction I was not expecting, and of course left us with quite the cliffhanger.  There is one more volume  in the works however it looks like the books have been released at least two years apart and number three  just came out last May, so I will be waiting for the conclusion for a while.  I especially appreciated that the author planted references to other Jim Henson fantasy works, such as the Dark Crystal, Fraggle Rock and the Story Teller.  Jim Henson’s work from the Muppets and beyond, was my very first fandom and it is still my most favorite.  Sorry Joss, I love you too!  I am really glad my fears for this project were completely unfounded.  If I have a small complaint, it is that the creatures that were created just for the manga don’t look like they were created by the same person who created the creatures for the film.  And of course they weren’t, Brian Froud designed the firies, Ludo, and Hoggle for the film, while Chris Lie is the artist on the manga.  It also would be nice if the series was in color, but then it would take even longer to be published.  The series has it’s own website and forums at goblin.net.