'The Sandman': Lebanese star Razane Jammal to join DC Universe with new Netflix series

Jammal is best known in the region for playing Maggie in the Netflix Original 'Paranormal'

French-Lebanese Razane Jammal poses during a photocall before the Christian Dior women's 2018 Spring/Summer ready-to-wear collection fashion show in Paris, on September 26, 2017. (Photo by Patrick KOVARIK / AFP)

Razane Jammal won over new fans with her role as Maggie in Netflix's Paranormal and now the Lebanese-British actress is set to join the DC Universe thanks to a new series.

She's been cast in Netflix's The Sandman, a popular comic book series by Neil Gaiman, which he describes as a blend of "modern myth and dark fantasy in which contemporary fiction, historical drama and legend are seamlessly interwoven".

“What a dream come true! Thrilled to have joined the DC family,” Jammal wrote to her 148,000 Instagram followers, announcing the news.

The premise of the show will feature the people and places affected by Morpheus, the Dream King, as he mends the cosmic and human mistakes he’s made during his vast existence.

Jammal will play Lyta Hall, a friend and travel companion to Rose Walker, one of the main protagonists in the series. She’ll be joining a cast that already includes Tom Sturridge, Gwendoline Christine, Jenna Coleman, David Thewlis and Stephen Fry.

A description about the character from Gaiman states Lyta is "Rose’s friend, a young widow mourning her husband Hector".

"Rose doesn’t know that Hector has started showing up in Lyta’s dreams, though. Or that strange things are happening. Razane Jammal is Lyta, and she’s terrific.”

Gaiman is co-writing the series alongside executive producers David S Goyer and Allan Heinberg.

Jammal is best known in the region for her work in last year's Netflix Original series Paranormal, based on the horror books by Egyptian author Ahmed Khaled Tawfik. Set in the 1960s, the series tells the story of haematologist Refaat Ismail, who tries to uncover the truth behind a series of supernatural events.

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"It was a challenge to understand Maggie and to love her, and I did. Every day I would give her a chance and I would learn more about her, and I finally saw how she's independent and forward-thinking and honest," Jammal said about her character in an interview with The National.

Prior to that, she had a breakout role in 2010's Carlos and was in Tobe Hooper's 2012 UAE-produced horror flick Djinn. She also had a role in Robert Guediguian's Don't Tell Me the Boy Was Mad, which premiered at the 2015 Cannes Film Festival, and starred with Liam Neeson in 2014's A Walk Among the Tombstones.

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