Truly the elder statesman of The CW lineup, Supernatural shows no signs of slowing down as it heads into its 12th season on the air. Producers have even suggested that there may still be many more seasons of Winchester adventures to come, assuming stars Jensen Ackles and Jared Padalecki are game to continue saving people and hunting things on-screen. After all, it’s the family business.
As one might imagine considering the series’ demon-filled subject matter, a notable character in Supernatural lore has been Satan himself, a.k.a. Lucifer, a.k.a. the Prince of Darkness, a.k.a. many other names throughout history. First introduced to the mix in Supernatural’s apocalyptic fifth season, Lucifer (or at least the human vessel that his spirit inhabits on Earth) has traditionally been played by character actor Mark Pellegrino, perhaps best known for portraying the enigmatic Jacob on Lost. Widely regarded as one of Supernatural’s all-time best villains, Lucifer played a big part in seasons 5 and 6, and has since popped up on occasion for one-off guest shots.
Following multiple seasons spent mostly on the bench, Lucifer came back in a big way during season 11, first played by Pellegrino and then transferring over to possessing the body of Sam and Dean’s angel buddy Castiel (Misha Collins). With Lucifer now purged from Cas’ system, the dark lord begins season 12 on the hunt for a new host body, and the one he settles on might surprise quite a few fans of Supernatural. As reported by TVLine, during a Comic-Con panel earlier today it was revealed that 80’s rock star and former soap opera heartthrob Rick Springfield has been cast as Lucifer’s latest vessel, a rock star on the downward slope of his career hoping to make a comeback.
As a musician, Springfield is probably best known for the #1 hit song “Jessie’s Girl,” although it was far from his only track to hit the top 10. As an actor, Springfield portrayed Dr. Noah Drake off and on for decades on the soap opera General Hospital, with his debut happening in 1981 and his most recent appearance coming in 2013. He’s also guest starred as himself on Family Guy, played an exaggerated parody of his persona on Californication, and last year was rendered almost unrecognizable for his recurring role on True Detective season 2.
Needless to say, Springfield is hardly the first actor that comes to mind when one thinks of candidates to play The Devil. That said, the man has plenty of TV experience, so there’s really no reason why his casting couldn’t work out well in the end, especially if Supernatural’s writers choose to take Lucifer’s arc in a more humorous direction in season 12. Lucifer singing “Jessie’s Girl” to an annoyed Crowley (Mark Sheppard) certainly wouldn’t be the worst thing in the world.
Supernatural returns for season 12 on Thursday, October 13th, 2016 at 9pm on The CW.