The first look at former Smallville star Tom Welling as Lucifer's new guest star is here. Welling will play police lieutenant Marcus Pierce, who will be a potential love interest for Chloe Decker (Lauren German). It marks the first network TV role for Welling since the end of Smallville, in which he famously portrayed Clark Kent. His new role on Fox's Lucifer, though part of another show based on a DC comic, is entirely unrelated to his prior performance.
Welling has already been announced as the newest major addition to the Lucifer cast, but scant details were revealed about his character or how he appears. It is known that Pierce, an accomplished police lieutenant, will forge a connection with Decker - and, in turn, cause potential conflicts with Lucifer Morningstar (Tom Ellis). A new report pulls back the curtain on Pierce a little more and also gives the first look at the new character.
EW posted the first look at Welling as Pierce on Sunday, revealing a photo of the new character sitting at his desk and presumably speaking to someone off-screen. Pierce will reportedly carry plenty of authority at his new post and will not exactly endear himself to his colleagues at first. Check out the photo below:
Welling himself also spoke about the character and his desire to do something different from what he did as Clark Kent on Smallville. He explained that while Kent didn't exactly know what to do with his powers, Pierce "very much knows what he’s capable of and knows what he wants to do and knows how to do it". Lucifer so-showrunner Joe Henderson, meanwhile, spoke at length about Pierce's dynamic with Decker and Morningstar:
“When Decker first meets Marcus Pierce, he is very much someone that rubs her the wrong way, because he’s very much a no-nonsense, calling-it-like-it-is guy, and he’s not much for social mores, if you will. ... But what’s interesting is he also represents a lot of truth and justice and very much a lot of the things that draw Chloe to the side of law. So Pierce is very much the exact opposite of Lucifer, but also very similar, and so that duality is a big reason for them to start coming together.”
Morningstar already has plenty to figure out at the start of season 3, including how and why his angel wings have been restored. But it's clear that the presence of Pierce in the LAPD offices will create a fresh set of conflicts for both him and Decker to navigate.
Despite the major plot points that unfolded over the course of season 2, Lucifer's ratings took a dip from season 1. That didn't stop the show from getting a renewal for season 3, and now producers are hoping that the addition of Welling will create fresh excitement for fans and help reinvigorate Lucifer moving forward.
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Lucifer returns on Oct. 2 with "They're Back, Aren't They?" @8pm on Fox.