Exactly one year ago today, it was announced that Neil Gaiman's beloved comic book series Sandman is coming to life on the big screen, with Joseph Gordon-Levitt attached to produced, direct and star as Morpheus, the personification of dreams. The actor later admitted in January that he is only attached to produce, although he still may direct and star, but we haven't heard anything regarding casting since then. During an interview with Radio Times, Neil Gaiman revealed that his current favorite for the Morpheus role is Tom Hiddleston. He also added that Johnny Depp was at one time his favorite for the role, while admitting that Benedict Cumberbatch was perfect for the role, but he is likely no longer available since he is now /doctor-strange-movie-cast-benedict-cumberbatch/confirmed to play Marvel's Doctor Strange.
"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. 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. 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."
The author is currently working with producer Joseph Gordon-Levitt and writer Jack Thorne on the screenplay, which was recently well-received at Warner Bros. Neil Gaiman also revealed that a new draft of the script is coming in just before Christmas, which the author has not read yet. Here's what he had to say about working with Joseph Gordon-Levitt.
"They're a good team. And with Joseph Gordon-Levitt in charge, his instincts are good and he loves the material. He wants it to be true to the material. So they've written a script. I got a phone call about two, three weeks ago from Joe and David 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."