12:55pm PT by Kate Stanhope
Comic-Con: 'Lucifer' Boss Promises a More "Grounded" Version of the DC Comics Character
Alongside the superheroes and zombies known to populate Comic-Con, the devil himself showed up on Friday in the form of star Tom Ellis, who will play the famous DC Comics character Lucifer in the upcoming Fox series of the same name.
Ellis, along with stars Lauren German, Lesley-Ann Brandt and DB Woodside, and executives producers Joe Henderson, Len Wiseman, Jonathan Littman and Ildy Modrovich unveiled the pilot episode of the drama Friday.
Based on the character created by Neil Gaiman for the comic book series The Sandman, the show centers on a bored and unhappy Lucifer who steps away from his post and abandons Hell for Los Angeles, where he helps an LAPD detective (German) get the bad guys.
Wiseman, who directed the pilot, said the show will focus on the "more earth-bound side" of the books. "The themes of the book are very similar to what we're dealing with," said Henderson. "We're just whittling it down to the most human and grounded versions of it."
Although the Devil has been portrayed on the small and big screens countless times before, Wiseman said there was a key difference to this interpretation that will set this show apart. "I'd never seen the devil just being completely upfront about who he is," said Wiseman. "Many versions [are] of the devil hiding himself and this one was just completely balls out: this is who I am, I am Lucifer."
Continued Wiseman: "What's going to happen when somebody's saying that? So that approach was very different."
However, how long Lucifer can stay in Los Angeles remains to be seen, especially since he'll have his brother, Amenadiel (Woodside), trying to lure him back to the dark side. "He has one mission: which is basically to bring Lucifer back to hell because someone has to be there," teased Woodside. "What's happening to Hell since he's been here on earth is something that we're probably going to see at some point."
Although it's a story of a larger-than-life figure, Henderson says the show will also be relatable. "What I love about this show is it’s a show about humanity. It’s a story about redemption and I think that is just one of the most relatable things possible," said Henderson. "If the devil can be redeemed then so can all of us."
Lucifer premieres midseason on Fox.
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