TV detectives are lucky to benefit from a colorful range of civilian sidekicks: batkids, hooded vigilantes, eccentric super sleuths and even zombies. For the LAPD in Fox’s upcoming comic book adaptation Lucifer, assistance is going to come from the former Lord of Hell himself. Ol’ Lucifer, on the series, will abandon his throne and heads to Tinseltown after all the centuries of punishing the wicked and ruling over demons leave him jaded and bored.
The cast of Lucifer has been coming together quickly, with British actor Tom Ellis (Miranda) set in the lead role and joined by D.B. Woodside, Lauren German and Rachael Harris in supporting roles. The part of Lucifer’s best friend and bodyguard Mazikeen originally went to Lina Esco (LOL), but a casting reshuffle has changed the face of Lucifer’s ally. Well, half of it.
According to THR, Esco has been replaced by The Librarians actor Lesley-Ann Brandt. Originally from South Africa, Brandt played assassin Larissa Diaz (A.K.A. Copperhead) in an episode of Gotham and also had a recurring role in the first season of Spartacus.
Mazikeen has been renamed Maze in the TV show and is described as “a fierce demon in the form of a beautiful young woman.” In the comic books one half of Mazikeen’s face is horribly deformed, so after she moves to Los Angeles she covers the deformity with a silver mask to disguise her true nature from humans.
Lucifer‘s pilot was written by Californication creator Tom Kapinos, and the episode will be directed by Len Wiseman (Total Recall). Kapinos and Wiseman will also serve as executive producers alongside Jerry Bruckheimer, Jonathan Littman and KristieAnn Reed.
Considering the pace at which the cast of Lucifer has come together, it seems like Fox is interested in getting this pilot made as soon as possible rather than letting it languor in development hell. The network already has a steady DC success on its timetable with Batman prequel Gotham, but will the crime procedural formula be a comfortable fit for the Devil himself?
We’ll keep you updated on Lucifer as development continues.