‘Sandman’ Movie Release Date Confirmed: Actor Joseph Gordon-Levitt to Play Morpheus The Lord of Dreams

Patricia VillaceranJul 18, 2014 09:09 PM EDT

Warner Bros. has recently started production on a film adaptation based on DC Comic's Sandman.

The upcoming 'Sandman' film will cast 'Dark Knight Rises' actor Joseph Gordon-Levitt.

It was David Goyer, screenwriter for 'Man of Steel' who initially suggested Gordon-Levitt for the role, and Neil Gaiman, writer of the 'Sandman' comics, who agreed, "Joseph Gordon-Levitt, of all people, is an enormous 'Sandman' fan. He and David Goyer talked about it, they've come up, I believe, with a treatment of what they want the story of the first movie to be," Gaiman explained.

"They are talking to an incredible writer [Jack Thorne], who I coincidentally already knew, because he did the movie script for 'The Ocean at the End of the Lane,' so I've met him and loved his treatment of my work. And Wednesday afternoon I will be spending with Joseph Gordon-Levitt and talking 'Sandman'! That's pretty much everything I know. Now you know as much as I know," he continued.

Gordon-Levitt also expressed his excitement for the film and said that he loved the character of Morpheus.

"I love just the basic concept of it - just the concept of personifying Dream, along with all of his brothers and sisters, the seven Endless personifying Death, personifying Destruction and Delirium and Destiny and Desire and Despair," he said, "I mean, that's just a fascinating and, I think, a really cinematic concept. You look at the art of Sandman, and it just looks spectacular. I love big, spectacular movies, but oftentimes big, spectacular movies sort of get stuck in a rut. They go down certain paths that end in big explosions or whatever. Sandman has so much opportunity to do something that's on a grand, grand scale, but really unlike your average big, grand-scale, spectacular movie."

'Sandman' the movie is expected to be released in 2016.

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