Tom Hiddleston‘s God of Mischief may have lost his chance to rule the human world but perhaps he should consider ruling the human’s world through the world of dreams. Well, at least that’s what Neil Gaiman wants.

Neil Gaiman, the author of the graphic novel series “Sandman” specifically told RadioTimes that “anybody who sounds English with great cheekbones” could be a great actor to play the titular role of the film adaptation of his novel.

Neil Gaiman Sandman

The film adaptation of his novel is currently in development with David S. GoyerJoseph Gordon-Levitt, and himself attached to produce the film. The project has been in development hell due to the poor scripts that had been sent to him. This time around, the author decided to become more involved in the film, where he is able to assist screenwriter Jack Thorne in writing the script.


He said:

I really am [glad to have more input]. My position on it has always been, for over 25 years now, I would rather see no Sandman movie than a bad Sandman movie. A couple of times, people say, ‘It’s a crime there’s never been a Sandman movie’, and a couple of times, to be honest, I have thrown my body in front of a bus on a couple of bad ones over the years. I’m just happy that no bad Sandman movie has ever been made. But I’m really hoping that a good one will be. 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.

Although Goyer previously told Deadline that Warner Bros is “very happy” with the script, Gaiman further revealed to RadioTimes that he will be the first person to see a revised version of the script just before Christmas.

Regarding his dream casting for the movie, Neil Gaiman apparently had a few actors in mind to play the titular role.

Benedict Cumberbatch & Johnny Depp

Gaiman explained that both”Pirates of the Caribbean” star Johnny Depp and “Sherlock” star Benedict Cumberbatch immediately came to mind when he was asked about the actors who should be playing the central character Morpheus.

He said:

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 [Cumberbatch] 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.

Other than directing the film, “The Walk” star Joseph Gordon-Levitt is also rumoured to star in the film, but Gaiman later told RadioTimes that he would prefer “anybody who sounds English with high cheekbones” for the Sandman role.

Tom Hiddleston as Sandman

Since Cumberbatch is set to play the titular role in Marvel’s Doctor Strange, Gaiman went on to suggest that “Thor” star Tom Hiddleston could be a great actor for the role.

He said:

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.

So far, Tom Hiddleston has not responded to the reports about Gaiman’s preference yet. He will be seen next in “Avengers: Age of Ultron“, “Crimson Peak“, “I Saw The Light“, and “Kong: Skull Island“. Gaiman is also working with “Hannibal” programme creator Bryan Fuller to develop the TV adaptation of his novel, “American Gods“.

What do you think of Gaiman’s preference? When it comes to the casting choice for “Sandman”, who else do you have in mind? Share your thoughts in the comments box below!


Calm down, everyone. No one ever said that Tom Hiddleston is going to play Morpheus. It was merely a suggestion.

Neil himself even responded to a tweet to clarify that he was just joking about having the “Thor” star to be featured in the film as the leading role:

But hey, at least we know the list of actors he has in mind for Morpheus role! What do you think?


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