Fancasting is such a bore, and it's too often based on just looks. But there's been a long tradition of fancasting Tom HIddleston as Morpheus in Sandman, and anyone who has seen Only Lovers Left Alive know that this fancasting is so on the money that it's scary. Only Lovers Left Alive is one of the best films of the year, and Hiddleston's sad, bored vampire rocker is like a test run for Morpheus.
And Neil Gaiman agrees. In an interview he namedropped Hiddleston as an appropriate actor for the Lord of the Dreaming, although he did say that any English accented actor with good cheekbones could pull it off:
“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 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…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.”
Hey wait - sounds English and has great cheekbones... gosh, that sounds like Joseph Gordon-Levitt, who is directing the movie. I think we all kind of believe he's going to star, should it get made, right?
Speaking of Joe... Gaiman says that he's about a week away from the seeing the latest script. He's hopeful about it, and he meets with Gordon-Levitt occasionally. This is the closest this movie has been to happening in the decade and a half I've been covering movie news, and I'm curious to see what happens. I'm not as hopeful as Gaiman, but man am I curious.
In the meantime - see Only Lovers Left Alive. It's awesome, and it will convince you Hiddleston is the only actor for Morpheus.