While the future of NBC's Constantine is looking uncertain, another of DC's supernatural comic book properties is gearing up for a pilot. Lucifer, based on the character created by Neil Gaiman, is currently being developed as a potential TV series for Fox and it seems like things are moving along quickly with lead Tom Ellis and series regular Lina Esco cast in quick succession.
Lucifer Morningstar first appeared in Gaiman's critically-acclaimed series The Sandman before later getting his own comic book series from writer Mike Carey. In the original story Lucifer runs a piano bar in Los Angeles, and the TV series will see him similarly leaving his throne in Hell and heading for the bright lights of L.A.. However, it sounds like the show will be more of a police procedural as Lucifer gets his kicks by helping the L.A.P.D. solve cases. After all, punishing bad guys is something that's well within his skill set.
Lucifer has now gained three more regular cast members, according to Deadline. D.B. Woodside (24) will play Amenadiel, an angel who is sent to L.A. to persuade Lucifer to take up his throne in Hell once more. Rachael Harris (The Hangover) will play Linda, a therapist whom Lucifer encounters while working on a case and whom he later returns to for advice. For Linda's sake, let's hope she doesn't ask Lucifer about his relationship with his father.
Earlier this week Deadline also reported that Lauren German (Chicago Fire) will play one of the lead female roles on the show as Chloe Dancer, an L.A.P.D. homicide detective "who finds herself both repulsed and fascinated by Lucifer." Lucifer is similarly attracted to Chloe's "inherent goodness," which makes him start to wonder whether there's still hope for humanity.
Len Wiseman (Total Recall) will direct the pilot episode of Lucifer and will also act as executive producer alongside Jerry Bruckheimer and Jonathan Littman. Fundamentally, the pilot has a lot in common with Constantine: based are on one of DC's Vertigo titles, with an antihero protagonist and a relative newcomer set to play the lead.
A police procedural really doesn't sound like the most interesting thing that Fox could have done with this source material, and between Almost Human, Gotham and the developing Minority Report TV series it's starting to feel like Fox is falling back on the crime drama formula a bit too frequently. The network has also earned a bit of a reputation for cancelling shows before their time, so if Lucifer gets a full series order it will then face the challenge of securing a second season before Fox gets spooked.
We’ll keep you updated on Lucifer as development continues.