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Neil Gaiman reveals Michael Jackson asked to play Morpheus in early Sandman film adaptation

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August 28, 2022

It’s no secret that an on-screen adaptation of Neil Gaiman’s legendary comic book series The Sandman has been a pipe dream for quite some time. Discussions surrounding a potential adaptation of the sleeper hit fantasy series have swirled since the early ’90s. At one point, Joseph Gordon-Levitt was cast as the titular Lord of Dreams back in 2016 before that, too, fizzled out.

While the role eventually went to Tom Sturridge, Gaiman revealed on a recent episode of Happy Sad Confused that Gordon-Levitt wasn’t the only actor vying for the role of Morpheus throughout the show’s decades-long journey to Netflix: Michael Jackson once threw his name into the ring…

(Read all about it on Entertainment Weekly)