During the Sandman Hall H panel at San Diego Comic Con on Saturday, writer Neil Gaiman dropped an interesting Sandman casting fact when he mentioned that the actor playing Desire—Mason Alexander Park, had landed the role because they tweeted at Gaiman to ask if the role had been cast yet.
Later, in a press room interview, Park elaborated on their character Desire, calling the role a "dream role." Park said, "Desire is an unbelievably delicious well-rounded, dark and beautiful mysterious individual— and it's really a lot of fun." In Sandman, Desire is a member of the Endless, which include Destiny, Death, Dream, Destruction, Desire, Despair, and Delirium. The members of the Endless consider themselves a family, and during the panel, Park mentioned that the relationship with Desire's siblings is "the ultimate sibling rivalry."
Park originally came across the Sandman comics because they wanted to be aware of any comics featuring trans and nonbinary characters. Park named Sandman as one of the most "iconic" examples of these comics.
Park is known for their work on the stage in Hedwig and the Angry Inch as well as on television in Cowboy Bebop.
Sandman will be available to stream on Netflix on August 5.
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