Netflix’s live-action television adaptation of Neil Gaiman’s The Sandman has assembled quite the cast of stars. And it is still growing. Gaiman himself has confirmed that Mank actor Ferdinand Kingsley has been cast as Hob Gadling.
Created by Neil Gaiman, Hob Gadling first appeared in 1990’s The Sandman #13. The character was introduced as a 14th century Englishman who proposed that the only reason anyone dies is everyone else does it. This drew the attention of Dream, who said he would meet Hob in the same place in 100 years if he were still alive. And so, after 100 years, Dream returned to find the man was still alive as he had chosen to simply not die.
Gaiman confirmed Kingsley’s casting during a recent interview with Empire. He expressed that the actor has embodied the character perfectly.
“I will say of Ferdie that […] more than anything else that we’ve done, except possibly Stephen Fry as Gilbert, it’s exactly the thing and the performance that I had in my head 35 years ago. It’s just like, ‘Oh, there you go, there’s Hob Gadling’. So Ferdie rocks.”
In addition, he announced that Kingsley will debut as Hob in the sixth episode of the series, which he described as “the most feel-good and lovely” installment.
Kingsley has recently appeared in the 2020 film, Mank. He has also had roles in a number of television series, including Victoria, The Whale, and Still Star-Crossed.
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