Neil Gaiman’s Sandman graphic novels are an absolute fan favorites among his brilliant works. So, its no surprise that the lead role being cast is a raw nerve of a sensitive subject. Well, today news comes out of an Collider exclusive that points to the role of Morpheus being cast by Tom Sturridge.
If you recall a couple of years back there was talk that involved Joseph Gordon Levitt being tossed around as possible lead role of Dream in The Sandman. The internet almost set fire to itself with disapproval for that casting decision. It was later revealed that Levitt was never up for the role but was going to be onboard in a producer and director capacity.
Collider learned that Sturridge beat out both Colin Morgan and Tom York (not Radiohead’s Thom Yorke) for the role. No small feat and no small role. Gaiman is on as producer with David S. Goyer writing. Allan Heinberg of Wonder Woman fame is up as showrunner.
Sturridge is no slouch. He has been consistently great in his films that include The Velvet Buzzsaw, On The Road and Pirate Radio. Actually, Pirate Radio is one of my favorite comfort films. I’m personally not against this idea at all. It comes as a bit of a surprise considering I have been casting this movie in my head since I was in high school. But, Sturridge gets my endorsement. Actually, he might be just about perfect for it.
The Sandman series comes to us from Warner Bros. TV and Netflix and will consist of 11 episodes. The series would have already been well into production but COVID slowed its process which has only recently begun to pick up speed again.