While the property had spent years in development hell, Sandman is finally moving forward with an 11-episode order from Netflix. What's great is, the show may have found someone to play the titular character of the Sandman a.k.a. Morpheus a.k.a. Dream.
According to Collider, Tom Sturridge (Sweetbitter) is now in talks to star as the lead in Netflix's Sandman series. Sturridge was said to have tested for the role earlier this year alongside actors Colin Morgan (Merlin) and Tom York (Poldark).
We don't have an official synopsis for the Netflix series yet, but the original comic was an anthology series with Dream/Morpheus as the central character. Morpheus is a fictional being in charge of everyone's dreams and we get to follow his stories alongside his other ‘Endless' siblings including Death, Desire, Destiny, Delirium, Despair, and Destruction.
Admittedly, Sturridge is not the biggest star, but I think he has great potential to play the part of Morpheus. My favorite role of his is Carl from Richard Curtis' Pirate Radio, and I think that role is the one where he looks closest to Morpheus, with the messy hair and pale skin. Here's a scene from the film:
We don't know how far into development Sandman has gone, but it was likely delayed alongside everything else when COVID-19 hit. With productions slowly getting back into gear though, hopefully, Sandman can start rolling cameras sometime in 2021.
No release date has been set for Netflix's Sandman.