Since the idea of a screen adaptation of Neil Gaiman’s celebrated The Sandman series has been floating around for a long time, the creator himself has gone through several actors that he has favored for the lead role of Morpheus, God of Dreams.
With Warner Brothers behind the film, David S. Goyer and Joseph Gordon-Levitt co-producing and Jack Thorne writing the script, it seems like now is the time to settle on an actor. And that’s exactly what Gaiman discussed recently in an interview with Radio Times.
“It’s a funny thing with Morpheus. Again, it’s that thing where you look around and think, ‘Yes this person would be a fantastic person’, and then time passes,” Gaiman tells RadioTimes.com. “There was a time Johnny Depp would’ve been a great Morpheus, but now he’s too old and it’s fine. I think the first time I saw Benedict was as Sherlock Holmes, I thought, ‘wow, that’s incredibly Morpheus’. And fans probably thought the same because they immediately started doing fan-art, meshing the two of them up.”
But of course Benedict Cumberbatch is now set to play Doctor Strange for Marvel Studios.
“Then again, Tom Hiddleston is still out there! And the truth is, as far as I’m concerned, anybody who sounds English with great cheekbones can probably pull it off.”
I’m sure fans wouldn’t care that Hiddleston is also playing a major character in the Marvel Universe, like Cumberbatch.
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