9:00am PT by Lesley Goldberg
Fox's DC Comics Take 'Lucifer' Casts Its Star
Fox has found its Lucifer.
Rush alum Tom Ellis will star in the DC Comics adaptation, The Hollywood Reporter has learned.
The drama centers around Lucifer (Ellis), the Lord of Hell, who, bored and unhappy, 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.
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The character of Lucifer was modeled after David Bowie and has appeared in Sandman and its spinoff via DC's Vertigo imprint. Lucifer made his debut in Superman's Pal Jimmy Olsen No. 65 in 1962 before being revived in Neil Gaiman's critically praised Sandman in 1989.
Californication creator Tom Kapinos will pen the script for the Warner Bros. Television entry and exec produce via his Aggressive Mediocrity banner. Jerry Bruckheimer and his Jerry Bruckheimer Television topper Jonathan Littman will executive produce, while the company's KristieAnne Reed is set as a co-executive producer. Len Wiseman will executive produce and direct the pilot after serving in the same capacity on Fox's Sleepy Hollow.
EastEnders alum Ellis, repped by CAA, Hamilton Hodell and Anonymous Content, previously starred on USA Network medical drama Rush and played Victor Frankenstein on ABC's monster drama pilot Gothica two years ago.