Dream will be played by a British actor Tom Sturridge in Netflix’s The Sandman, joining an already star-studded cast that includes the likes of Mark Hamill, Patton Oswalt and Game of Thrones alums Charles Dance and Gwendolyn Christie.
Some of Sturridge’s most famous projects include the British comedy The Boat That Rocked (in which he co-starred with the late Philip Seymour-Hoffman) and his role as Emmon on the HBO series Irma Vep. In addition, he has been nominated twice for a Tony Award for Best Performance by an Actor in a Play, once for his performance in the Broadway production of Orphans and a second time in 2020 for Jake Gyllenhaal directed by Jake Gyllenhaal.Sea Wall/Life.”
Taking on a beloved and iconic comic book character like Dream himself is certainly difficult, but if author Neil Gaiman’s comments are any indication, the role seems to be in good hands. During an interview with Entertainment Weekly, Gaiman acknowledged that Sturridge was one of the first ten people to audition for the role, and immediately became the favorite—so much so that he remained Gaiman’s leader even after another 1,500 auditions. While it’s true that Sturridge’s acting resume may not be as strong as some of his co-stars, Sturridge’s two Tony nominations and the vote of confidence he received from Gaiman should thrill fans with his performance as Dream.