Fans are very much looking forward to the premiere of the new Sandman series on Netflix, but the news seems to be slowly reaching the public.
This Thursday, May 12, eager viewers were able to get a look at the look of the character Morpheus, played by Tom Sturridge.
The never-before-seen image was shared by Entertainment Weekly and shows Morpheus wearing a sort of black cloak and holding his helmet, one of the three totems of his power.
Apparently, the photo must be from the second half of the first season, when Morpheus has already recovered the helmet from the depths of hell.
Check out the image below:
One hell of a process
Also in Entertainment Weekly, author Neil Gaiman commented on the process of choosing the actor who would play Morpheus:
“I think I’ve personally seen about 1500 auditions for Morpheus. I hesitate to imagine how many Lucinda Syson and her team saw. Having watched all the other auditions, we were able to go to Netflix and say, ‘It’s Tom. We know it’s Tom’.”
The selection process was long, but Tom Sturridge has nothing to complain about:
“It was totally necessary, because this is a character that is so loved – by me more than anyone. It requires you to spend time with a human being to find out if he can live up to your dream of who he is… I think the Sandman permeates the culture. Even the name Morpheus, King of Dreams, kind of haunted me in my youth.”
More about Sandman
Sandman follows the story of Dream, one of the perpetual seven who is imprisoned by humanity in place of his sister Death. A group wanted her to achieve immortality.
In the DC comics, Sandman creates Lucifer. But on Netflix, the series will not have a connection, which makes Tom Ellis not return to the role.
The Sandman series is being developed by Allan Heinberg, who will also serve as showrunner. Gaiman is an executive producer.
Neil Gaiman, creator of the comics, is working on the Netflix production.