As part of their Geeked Week, Netflix have released a teaser trailer and premiere date for the highly-anticipated adaptation of Neil Gaiman's 'The Sandman'.

The series, which is based on Gaiman's adored graphic novels, will release on the streamer on August 5.

The 10-episode series is described as "a rich blend of modern myth and dark fantasy in which contemporary fiction, historical drama and legend are seamlessly interwoven. The Sandman follows 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."

The show stars Tom Sturridge as the titular main character. The cast also features Game of Thrones stars Gwendoline Christie and Charles Dance, Vivienne Acheampong. Boyd Holbrook, David Thewlis, Jenna Coleman, Stephen Fry, Patton Oswalt, Joely Richardson, Asim Chaudhry, Sanjeev Bhaskar, and Kirby Howell-Baptiste. Irish actress Niamh Walsh also features.

Mark Hamill was also recently added to the cast as the voice of Merv Pumpkinhead, a wise-cracking janitor with - you guessed it - a pumpkin for a head.

The trailer features Sturridge as Dream / Morpheus, Acheampong as Lucienne and Holbrook as The Corinthian.

The comic series was first published by DC Comics in 1993. The original series, written by Gaiman, ran until 1996. The series received universal acclaim and attracted a large number of non-comic book readers.

The series has gone on to release a number of spinoffs and additional runs not authored by Gaiman. The 'American Gods' writer will serve as executive producer and co-writer.

'The Sandman' releases on Netflix on August 5.