Lucifer has finally found its God, as Allstate Insurance spokesman Dennis Haysbert has officially been cast in the role. Set to appear in the show's upcoming fifth and final season on Netflix, Haysbert topped the list of names in consideration for the part, making the casting process rather easy. "We did like the big crazy list of [possible actors for the part], and he was my top choice," says Lucifer co-showrunner Joe Henderson. He adds: "We were lucky. It was our first and only offer."
In addition to Tom Ellis in the lead role, Lucifer also stars D.B. Woodside as the angel Amenadiel, meaning Haysbert's casting will result in a 24 reunion. On the Kiefer Sutherland-led action series, D.B. Woodside and Dennis Haysbert played Wayne and David Palmer - two brothers who both served as President of the United States. In fact, working with Woodside again made accepting the role of God that much easier for Haysbert. "I don't know how I went from brothers to father. We're celestial. We can do that," Haysbert said of the upcoming reunion.
Previously on Lucifer, Timothy Omundson played a character purporting to be God. Legendary author Neil Gaiman, whose work also inspired the series, additionally provided the voice of the show's version of God on another occasion. However, this time, God will reportedly be featured throughout the season as portrayed by Haysbert, suggesting the Almighty will have a much bigger presence in the final season of Lucifer. Of course, exactly how he plays into the story remains to be seen, but bringing in God for some face-to-face interactions with Lucifer is long overdue for the TV series.
Lucifer follows Tom Ellis as the Devil himself, picking up as the fallen angel leaves Hell for Los Angeles where he opens his own nightclub and works with the LAPD. Lauren German, Kevin Alejandro, Lesley-Ann Brandt, and Rachael Harris also star. After originally running for three seasons on Fox, the show was given the boot by the network, only to be picked up for a fourth season by Netflix. The streaming service has since renewed Lucifer for a fifth season, though it has also been announced that the upcoming season will also be the final installment of the popular series.
While big fans of the show are certainly bummed to see it coming to a close, there's always the possibility we'll see Ellis back in the role for special cameo appearances elsewhere. Just last month, The CW's Crisis on Infinite Earths crossover event featured a Lucifer cameo with Ellis appearing on an episode of The Flash. Showrunner Ildy Modrovich has also suggested the Lucifer team would "of course" consider making a spin-off series or reunion special following the show's final season, so even in light of Lucifer's second cancellation, there remains some hope we'll somehow get more from the series in the future.
A premiere date for the season has yet to be revealed, but it is expected to arrive sometime this year on Netflix. It has also been confirmed that Lucifer Season 5 will consist of 16 episodes split up into two parts. Hopefully, we'll soon know when to expect the final episodes to begin streaming on the service. This news comes to us from Entertainment Weekly.