When you think of Gwendoline Christie, your mind doesn’t automatically conjure up an image of the real, literal devil, but the year is 2022 and here we are, with Neil Gaiman. The Sandman turning that vision into a compelling reality.
the game of Thrones alum plays Lucifer Morningstar, the ruler of Hell, whom Morpheus visits to retrieve one of his key belongings. The chemistry between Tom Sturridge’s Dream and Christie’s Samael has been one of the most notable aspects of the Netflix adaptation since its debut yesterday, with many fans praising episode 4 (which is also where the latter debuts) as the show’s strongest chapter. .
TheWrap caught up with Christie to ask about Lucifer and what it was like to put a more feminine spin on the character from the comics. Surprisingly, the star says that Gaiman and executive producer Allan Heinberg gave him carte blanche to take a unique approach to the character.
“They weren’t going to dictate the terms of what it was. So yes, of course, it can be overwhelming to realize that this is an archetypal character and that he has been portrayed in so many ways and for so many decades. He is part of our base, but I just have to approach him as a role. It is an opportunity for creativity. Fortunately, the writing is so exceptional from Neil and from Allan with his translation of who he is. They gave me license to really use my imagination and empowered me.”
Lucifer will continue to play a major role in the titular Sandman storyline, and we can’t wait to have Christie back for an even more badass bending of heavenly power in the coming seasons.
All 10 episodes of The Sandman are currently available to stream on Netflix.