Comic book creator Neil Gaiman has some good ideas about who he wants to see in Sandman… and that includes Tom Hiddleston and Benedict Cumberbatch.
During an interview with the Radio Times, the 54-year-old Sandman author revealed his top choices for the role of Morpheus in the upcoming comic book movie.
“There was a time Johnny Depp would’ve been a great Morpheus,” he said. “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’.”
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But with Cumberbatch now tied into so many other franchises, it looks as though the comic book creator is inclined to look elsewhere… and it seems he has his eye on another fantastic British actor.
“Tom Hiddleston is still out there,” he said. “And the truth is, as far as I’m concerned, anybody who sounds English with great cheekbones can probably pull it off.”
Of course, at this stage it sounds as though Gaiman isn’t too fussy about who takes centre stage as Morpheus… but that’s more to do with his faith in Joseph Gordon-Levitt to bring this ambitious project to the big screen.
“With Joseph Gordon-Levitt in charge, his instincts are good and he loves the material. He wants it to be true to the material. They’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.”
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Sandman will see Neil Gaiman’s Morpheus – the physical personification of dreams – brought to the big screen for the first time. And I don’t think I’m alone in hoping that this awesome project hits all the right notes.
Of course, for now we’ll have to wait and see. But I’ve got a very good feeling about this.
What do you think of the Sandman adaptation so far? Who would you like to see in the leading role? Let us know what you think in the comments below…