FOX and DC Entertainment have announced that Tom Ellis (“Miranda,” “Rush”) has been cast in the title role of the upcoming “Lucifer” series, based on the Vertigo title by Mike Carey.
The TV series centers on Lucifer, who, bored and unhappy as the Lord of Hell, resigns his throne and abandons his kingdom for the gorgeous, shimmering insanity of Los Angeles, where he gets his kicks helping the LAPD punish criminals. “Sleepy Hollow” co-creator and Underworld director Len Wiseman will helm the pilot episode which has Jerry Bruckheimer as an executive producer.
Largely inspired by John Milton’s approach to the character in “Paradise Lost,” this version of Lucifer first appeared in Neil Gaiman’s “Sandman” (itself in the process of heading to the big screen). Carey expanded the character into a solo title in 2000. The popular series was published through 2006 and ran 75 issues.
“Lucifer” joins the ever-growing slate of small screen DC Comics adaptations, including “Arrow,” “The Flash,” and “Gotham,” the upcoming “iZombie,” and the in-development “Supergirl”, “Krypton,” and “Titans.”
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