How do you make the most unredeemable character in history since The Beginning of Time a redeemable one? You cast the devilishly handsome Tom Ellis (Once Upon a Time, Merlin, Miranda) in the role of the devilishly charming Lucifer Morningstar (the Neil Gaiman version), that’s how.
Making him want to catch and punish the bad guys while helping the police is also a must.
Ahead of the show's premiere at the end of the month, Fox has released a new promo for their upcoming supernatural drama series Lucifer, which stars Ellis as the fallen angel. The video highlights the former lord of hell’s dark powers (which comes rather nifty when doing some important police and non-police work) and introduces us to the charismatic character.
Check it out:
Here’s an extended, detailed synopsis for the new series:
The Devil has come to Los Angeles…
Based upon the characters created by Neil Gaiman, Sam Kieth and Mike Dringenberg for DC Entertainment’s Vertigo imprint, LUCIFER is the story of the original fallen angel. Bored and unhappy as the Lord of Hell, LUCIFER MORNINGSTAR (Tom Ellis, “Merlin”) has abandoned his throne and retired to L.A., where he owns Lux, an upscale nightclub.
Charming, charismatic and devilishly handsome, Lucifer is enjoying his retirement, indulging in a few of his favorite things – wine, women and song – when a beautiful pop star is brutally murdered outside of Lux. For the first time in roughly 10 billion years, he feels something awaken deep within him as a result of this murder. Compassion? Sympathy? The very thought disturbs him – as well as his best friend and confidante, MAZIKEEN aka MAZE (Lesley-Ann Brandt, “The Librarians”), a fierce demon in the form of a beautiful young woman.
The murder attracts the attention of LAPD homicide detective CHLOE DECKER (Lauren German, “Chicago Fire”), who initially is dismissive of Lucifer. But she becomes intrigued by his talent for drawing out people’s secrets and his desire to dispense justice, doling out punishment to those who deserve it. As they work together to solve the pop star’s murder, Lucifer is struck by Chloe’s inherent goodness. Accustomed to dealing with the absolute worst of humanity, Lucifer is intrigued by Chloe’s apparent purity and begins to wonder if there’s hope for his own soul yet.
At the same time, God’s emissary, the angel AMENADIEL (DB Woodside, “Suits,” “24”), has been sent to Los Angeles to convince Lucifer to return to the underworld…can the Devil incarnate be tempted toward the side of Good, or will his original calling pull him back toward Evil?
Lucifer premieres Jan. 25 on Fox. In case you haven't already, check out our list of 9 sci-fi TV shows premiering this month.