Dream Casting, Sandman Casting Call Part 2: Casting Dream.

September 19th, 2010 by

I already gave my reasons, for why the Sandman should never be made into a movie in part one. I’m going to try casting it anyway. From now on I’m going to play the part of a casting director, for my ideal imaginary version the film. And in the world of Sandman, imaginary versions of things, are just as valid, as real ones

The most important part to cast is of course the Sandman himself.


Some background on the character, before I get to my casting pick(s). The Sandman of the title* is actually Dream the anthropomorphic embodiment of dreams. He is a member of the group of beings known as the Endless. Each of whom is the living representation of a universal concept, that happens to start with a D, in English. Some of the others are Death, Destruction, etc.

Dream has many names, all of which are either the word for dreams in another language or variations there of, or the name of the god or king of dreams from a specific culture. However he is most often referred to in Sandman, as Morpheus, so that is what I’ll call him from here on.

One of the qualities that all the endless share, is their tendency to shift their appearance depending on whom they are speaking to. For example when Morpheus had an affair, with an African Princess, he looked like an African Prince (albeit an African Prince with several of his more unique features). When he met with a house cat, he looked like a house cat version of himself. In those scenes, the casting would have to be done accordingly.

But, for the most part Morpheus looks like a very pale, thin man, with messy black hair that defies gravity. And eyes, that are depicted as pieces of the night sky, with stars shining out of them. Not an easy look to find in nature.

My top pick for the part, is a little known actor, named Peter Wingfield.  He recently had a small part on Caprica, but he caught my attention, over a decade ago, when he got a prominent part on the television series Highlander. Which was a surprisingly good adaptation of the silly Highlander movies. Peter played an immortal named Methos. He was at least five thousand years old, and often came across as morally ambiguous. He did a great job of projecting the character’s age, despite his youthful appearance. A trait that will be useful for playing Morpheus, who is only slightly less old than existence itself. He also would be able to portray the character’s humanity, along with his other-worldliness. Beside that he just looks the part to me. Morpheus was most often depicted as having a long, angular face. As does Peter.

(And look how good he is with the naughty smirk! Not a skill he would really be able to put to use in the part. Morpheous’ default expressions, are mope, and scowl.)

He can even pull off the ridiculous hair, without looking a complete prat.

(Well not too much, at least.)

The only drawback in my mind is how little well know he is. Which I don’t really consider a drawback, as I think the role benefits from there not being any baggage being brought in by the actor. However my imaginary studio bosses probably would not see it that way.

So when they say, “This simply won’t do! No one has heard of this guy! We need a name for the poster.”

I will stomp my feet, and storm out of the meeting, and hold my breath until I turn blue. And when I have picked myself off the floor, after realizing that they could not care less if I died of asphyxiation, I would submit my alternate choice. Guy Pearce.

He has the bone structure, and the liquid eyes the part calls for. While his resume carries some stinkers, such as The Count of Monte Cristo, and the Time Machine, in both of which he came across as rather wooden. He was impressive in both Memento, and the Adventures of Priscilla Queen of the Dessert. Which shows some range. Although neither part had much of the Dream king in them. Still, at least he’s a recognizable name.**

Stayed tuned for part three, where I try to conquer Death! Er, I mean find a suitable actress to fill the part. Sounds more dramatic the first way!

*There are two other Sandmen that appear over the course of the series. They are both DC comics heroes that have used the title in the past.

**Phooey, Methos forever!

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One Response to “Dream Casting, Sandman Casting Call Part 2: Casting Dream.”

  1. Florence Says:

    Yes, Methos is a very good choice.

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