The Sandman Image Offers Latest Look at Tom Sturridge as Morpheus

Posted 2022/05/13 2 0

It feels like we have been waiting decades for a live-action adaptation of The Sandman. And that’s because we have. Thankfully, the long-awaited project is finally happening courtesy of Netflix, and the EW Summer Preview has given us our latest look at actor Tom Sturridge as the title character, who also goes by Morpheus.

Along with the new image, which shows Sturridge dressed entirely in black and holding his precious Dream Helm, a mask-like item forged from the spine and skull of a god and one of his three symbols of power, both creator Neil Gaiman and star Tom Sturridge have offered some insight into the role of The Sandman. “I think I have personally seen 1,500 Morpheus auditions,” Gaiman said. “I hesitate to imagine how many [casting director] Lucinda Syson and her team have seen.” He continued adding, “Having watched all those other auditions, we were able to go to Netflix and say, ‘it’s Tom,’ We know it’s Tom.’”

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Sturridge completely understood the lengthy audition process, with the actor revealing his love for the character and his hopes of living up to such a legacy. “It was entirely necessary, because this is a character who is so utterly beloved — by me more than anyone,” the actor said. “That requires you to spend time with a human being to discover if they can live up to the dream you have of who he is.”

He adds, “I think The Sandman pervades culture. Even the name Morpheus, King of Dreams, kind of haunted me in my youth.” Haunted or no, this latest image once again demonstrates how well-suited Sturridge if for the role, with the actor bearing a striking resemblance to his comic book counterpart.

The Sandman Has Been Given the Sort of Budget That Dreams Are Made Of

Netflix’s The Sandman series will be based on the critically acclaimed comic book series by author Neil Gaiman. The Sandman originally ran for 75 issues from 1989-1996, and follows the main character Dream, also known as Morpheus (among other names), a conceptual entity struggling with his place in the universe.

The series will drop audiences in 1916, when Morpheus, the king of dreams and one of the seven Endless, is captured in an occult ritual. After being held captive for 105 years, he escapes and sets out to restore order to his kingdom of the Dreaming. Various studios have tried to bring the sweeping epic to live action for years, with development on a potential adaptation having been in the works for a mind-boggling 25 years.

Netflix is clearly serious about making the best version of The Sandman possible, with the streaming giant putting up a reported $15 million per episode.

The Sandman has amassed a stellar cast alongside Tom Sturridge, including Gwendoline Christie (Game of Thrones), Vivienne Acheampong (The Witches), Boyd Holbrook (Logan), Charles Dance (Gosford Park, Game of Thrones), Asim Chaudhry (People Just Do Nothing), Sanjeev Bhaskar (Yesterday), Kirby Howell-Baptiste (Cruella), and Jenna Coleman (The Serpent).

The Sandman is expected to land on Netflix later this year.

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