Indya Moore has officially been cast as Wanda in The Sandman.

On 2 July, Netflix announced a plethora of new cast members for the highly-anticipated second season of the fantasy drama, which – sadly – still doesn’t have a release date.

Moore, best known for their acclaimed role as Angel Evangelista on FX’s groundbreaking drama Pose, will play Wanda, “a professional driver and security agent for an exclusive travel firm”.

The description from Netflix continues: “Wanda proves herself to be an indispensable guide on an Endless road trip to the waking world.”

Wanda, one of the most popular characters in The Sandman universe, historically became one of the first-ever trans characters in mainstream comics.

Neil Gaiman, mastermind behind The Sandman and co-creator of the acclaimed Netflix series, reflected on the creation of Wanda in a statement to Tudum.

“Wanda began for me in 1988, because I had trans friends and was not seeing them reflected in the comics I was reading, so I resolved to create a trans woman in a mainstream comic, the first time that had happened,” he said.

“For over three decades, people have been telling me that she was an inspiration to them. I’m thrilled that, 35 years later, she’s on the screen in all her glory.”

As well as their role on Pose, which memorably made history with the largest transgender cast for a scripted series, Moore has starred in Queen & Slim (2019), Escape Room: Tournament of Champions (2021), Nimona and Aquaman and the Lost Kingdom (both 2023).

The Sandman follows Morpheus (Tom Sturridge), one of the seven Endless and the personification of dreams.

After being released from a 106-year-long imprisonment, Morpheus sets out on a tumultuous adventure to rebuild his realm, The Dreaming, and figure out who was responsible for his capture.

The series was celebrated by fans of the original comic and new viewers for its faithfulness to the source material, diversity and the surprisingly authentic LGBTQIA+ representation.

Additional new cast members for season two are as follows: Ruairi O’Connor as Dream’s son Orpheus, Freddie Fox as Loki, Clive Russell as Odin, Laurence O’Fuarain as Thor and Ann Skelly as Nuala.

More incoming: Douglas Booth as Cluracan, Jack Gleeson as Puck, Indya Moore as Wanda, and Steve Coogan as Barnabus, Esmé Creed-Miles as Delirium, Adrian Lester as Destiny and Barry Sloane as The Prodigal.

They join season one returnees such as Sturridge, Kirby Howell-Baptiste as Death, Mason Alexander Park as Desire and Donna Preston as Despair.