With Cumberbatch Out, Gaiman Points to Hiddleston to Play Sandman

As development on Warner Bros."Sandman" feature film continues, creator Neil Gaiman spoke up on his thoughts as to who should bring Morpheus to life.

"There was a time Johnny Depp would've been a great Morpheus, but now he's too old and it's fine," Gaiman told RadioTImes.com. "I think the first time I saw Benedict [Cumberbatch] was as Sherlock Holmes, I thought, 'wow, that's incredibly Morpheus.'"

As Gaiman points out, Cumberbatch has officially been announced as Marvel Studios' "Doctor Strange" star, but the writer isn't concerned about headlining "Sandman" with an actor right for the part. "Tom Hiddleston is still out there," he declared. "And the truth is, as far as I'm concerned, anybody who sounds English with great cheekbones can probably pull it off."

After being critical of Hollywood's previous attempts at bringing the seminal Vertigo comic to life, Gaiman is not only supportive but enthusiastically positive about the latest attempt at adapting his work to film. "with Joseph Gordon-Levitt in charge, his instincts are good and he loves the material. He wants it to be true to the material," he said. "[T]hey'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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