A script is being worked on by Jack Thorne, David Goyer and Joseph Gordon-Levitt for a big-screen adaptation of Neil Gaiman’s acclaimed Sandman comic series. Gaiman offers some ideas about who could bring life to Morpheus. In an interview with the Radio Times, Gaiman admits that he thought a younger Johnny Depp would have been a good fit, but after seeing Benedict Cumberbatch as Sherlock he began to like him for the role. Gaiman then acknowledges that’s unlikely to happen since Cumberbatch will play Doctor Strange for Marvel, but states that “Tom Hiddleston is still out there”. (Also Joseph Gordon-Levitt has interest in the role as well.)
“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 [Cumberbatch] was as Sherlock Holmes, I thought, ‘wow, that’s incredibly Morpheus.’ 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. With Joseph Gordon-Levitt in charge, his instincts are good and he loves the material. He wants it to be true to the material. [T]hey’ve written a script. I got a phone call about two, three weeks ago from Joe and David [S. Goyer] saying, ‘Jack did a script, we read it, we want some things done to it. We want you to see it, but not this version. The next version will be in three weeks and then you’ll be the first person to see it.’ So I am now a week before seeing the script. It’s going to come in just before Christmas. I’m nervous, I’m on tenterhooks. But do I have good feelings? Yeah I do.”
Gaiman doesn’t sound too fussy on who should play the role of Sandman, but an English accent seems to be a requirement! Gaiman also praises the passion of those involved with the project, and reveals that he’ll be sitting down to read the most up-to-date version of the script over Christmas. This is most certainly great news! Who do you think should play Morpheus?