Tom Hiddleston may not be playing the role of Morpheus for “Sandman” after all, despite what numerous media websites are reporting.
Rumors of the British actor portraying the role of the well-known character (created by Neil Gaiman) have been spreading online, with CrossMap reporting that “Neil Gaiman is suggesting Tom Hiddleston (Loki in Marvel’s Thor) to play the Lord of Dreams,” followed by other media sites following suit, with The Christian Post’s headline, for example, reporting that the deal is final and that Tom Hiddleston has already the joined the cast.
The real story
How did talks of Hiddleston as Morpheus began? It was way back in December 2014, during an interview with RadioTimes, when Neil Gaiman said, “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.”
However, since Cumberbatch is now attached as Marvel’s Doctor Strange, Gaiman offers a wise alternative.
“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.”
Hence, the rumors.
The writer was quick to attempt to stop it from spreading, though. He tweeted and admitted he was only joking as soon as people began showing their excitement on Twitter.
It's not true. It was a joke in an interview I'm afraid RT @PickleAM: Please oh please let it be true that @twhiddleston will play Morpheus!
— Neil Gaiman (@neilhimself) December 17, 2014
Neil Gaiman ‘baffled’
The award-winning writer is “baffled” by the rumors involving Tom Hiddleston and the role of Morpheus.
Baffled that this http://t.co/ceonx0s8Jd has managed to generate all the 'Hiddlestone cast as Sandman' news stories out there.
— Neil Gaiman (@neilhimself) August 19, 2015
At the end of the day, Hiddleston might still join the cast. Anyone else can. While nothing has been confirmed yet, one thing is for sure: Joseph Gordon-Levitt, who’s helping to bring “Sandman” on the big screen, is more than excited about the film adaptation.
During last month’s Reddit AMA, the actor-turned-producer was asked, “Given the large scope and episodic nature of would you say it is best suited for a big screen adaptation, or would a small screen adaptation fit the bill better?”
To which, he answered that a big screen adaptation is a much better thing to do. “I think Sandman deserves to look absolutely mind-blowingly awesome, just on a visual level, and as cinematic as some tv shows are becoming these days, they still can’t compete with big movies visually, just because they can’t afford to.”
So Tom Hiddleston or no Tom Hiddleston, the movie will still push through, and only time will tell if everyone’s favorite Marvel villain will say yes to the role.