Just one week after Fox issued a pilot order for their DC Comics adaptation Lucifer, Tom Ellis has signed on to play the title character. The pilot is based on DC Comics characters created by Neil Gaiman, Sam Kieth and Mike Dringenberg. Lucifer first appeared in several issues of Neil Gaiman's beloved comic Sandman, before getting his own comic series written by Mike Carey.
The show centers on the Lord of Hell (Tom Ellis), who grows bored of reigning over the underworld. He decides to abandon his post and head to Los Angeles, where he helps the LAPD punish criminals. An earlier version of the pilot still had Lucifer coming to L.A., but instead he opens a piano bar entitled Lux. That aspect of the story will not be used in this new version of the pilot.
Californication creator Tom Kapinos wrote the pilot script, and he will also serve as an executive producer alongside Jonathan Littman, Jerry Bruckheimer and pilot director Len Wiseman, with KristieAnne Reed serving as co-executive producer. Tom Ellis recently starred in the USA Network series Rush.
If Fox issues a series order for Lucifer, it will join a slew of DC Comics shows such as Fox's Gotham, NBC's Constantine and CW's Arrow, The Flash and iZombie. There are also several other DC shows in development for the 2015 season, including CBS' Supergirl, Syfy's Krypton and TNT's Titans.