English actor Tom Sturridge is allegedly talking with Netflix about starring as Dream in their TV adaptation of Neil Gaiman’s hit The Sandman comic book.

Tom Sturridge's shadowy face.
Mandatory Credit: Photo by Stephen Lovekin/REX/Shutterstock (10073528ao) Tom Sturridge ‘Velvet Buzzsaw’ premiere, Arrivals, Sundance Film Festival, Park City, USA – 27 Jan 2019

According to Collider, Tom Sturridge of Sweetbitter fame is in talks to star as Dream (AKA: the Sandman himself) in Netflix’s live-action adaptation of Neil Gaiman’s The Sandman comic book. Unfortunately, Collider doesn’t name a source for this bit of news. They only mention that Tom Sturridge was competing with Tom York (Poldark) and Colin Morgan (Merlin) for the role before ending up victorious. However, without that source, we can’t confirm this as either fact or fiction. Just take this bit of news with some salt until we get more official confirmation. A lot of salt, really.

A bowl and spoon for your daily salt.
A bowl of salt for your troubles?

Tom Sturridge: The Maybe Dream?

This bit of news about Tom Sturridge that may or may not be true coincides with the readily more credible news from Neil Gaiman himself. Turns out, he announced on Twitter on September 27 that, lockdown permitting, filming for The Sandman will commence in 3 weeks.

Somehow, I feel that news from Neil Gaiman himself is at least somewhat credible.

Neil Gaiman is a much more reliable source compared to Collider, I believe. However, Neil Gaiman’s announcement does explain why there’s so much hype around The Sandman. To complicate matters though, multiple news sites right there on the Twitter pages name Tom Sturridge as the actor who’ll play Dream.

If only he could be this epic.

Fortunately though, one thing makes it all clear. All of these news sites are using that Collider article as their source. And since Collider doesn’t name their source for this story, well, you know the drill. Salt for everyone!


Tom Sturridge may or may not be in talks to star as Dream in Neil Gaiman’s The Sandman, but we’ll not know for sure. Not at least, until we get some official news about it from Netflix or Neil Gaiman himself. At least, an article that actually names its source would be nice.

Source: Collider