After years in development hell, Neil Gaiman’s Sandman is finally getting the live-action treatment, and it will be an 11-episode show on Netflix. While we’ve gotten sparse updates on the series over the past couple of months, we now know who is going to be playing the lead role of Morpheus, the King of Dreams.
As per Collider, the show is now in talks with actor Tom Sturridge (Pirate Radio) for the role of Morpheus. We don’t have any details on any other cast members, but it is said that Sturridge was able to beat out other actors like Tom York (Poldark) and Colin Morgan (Merlin).
Personally, I like the casting. While I was hoping they would bring back Joseph Gordon-Levitt for the role (he was previously attached to the project before leaving due to creative differences), I actually think that Sturridge would play the part pretty well. While he doesn’t look it now, he really looked like he could play Morpheus back in 2009; his wild hair and pale skin, paired with a very soft voice, could pass for Gaiman’s Dream.
If you’re not familiar with Sandman, it is one of the most celebrated graphic novels of all time and tells an anthology of stories connected to the King of Dreams, Morpheus. Morpheus, in the lore, is a member of the Endless, and in the comics, we get to meet his other siblings, namely Death, Destruction, Delirium, Desire, Despair, and Destiny.
With so much time in development, hopefully Netflix manages to pull this series off. We don’t want another Avatar: The Last Airbender on our hands.
No release date has been set for Netflix’s Sandman.