British actor Tom Ellis has landed his first major U.S. starring role in new Warner Bros. Television series, Lucifer playing the eponymous fallen angel, which lands on Amazon Prime Video from 26th January.
Based loosely on the characters created by Neil Gaiman and Sam Kieth (in the Sandman graphic novel) and Mike Carey in the spin-off solo comic (Lucifer) the series marks a high-profile move for the charming Brit best known as the dreamy Gary in the hit sit-com Miranda.
Lucifer Morningstar (Ellis) is the Lord of Hell and bored with his lot. Abandoning his throne he heads to Los Angeles and is enjoying his retirement until a violent attack on an acquaintance forces him to confront the possibility he has some deeply buried compassion within. Meeting LAPD homicide detective Chloe Dancer (Lauren German) he is intrigued by her resistance to his charms and her inherent goodness. With Lucifer’s ability to draw out people’s secrets the pair form a partnership but God’s emissary on Earth, the angel Amenadiel (D.B. Woodside) has been sent to L.A. to convince Lucifer to return to Hell.
From Jerry Bruckheimer Television and with Underworld director Len Wiseman taking the helm on the pilot and serving as Executive Producer on the series, the show launches in the U.S. on FOX on 25th January. Amazon Prime Video secured the streaming rights from Warner Bros. International Television in the UK with each episode available a day after U.S. broadcast.
DIY had the pleasure of speaking with Tom over a crackly transatlantic phone line to chat about the positive fan reaction to the show at San Diego Comic Con last year and just how he’s still pinching himself at landing the role of a lifetime.
Lucifer is available on Amazon Prime from 26th January 2016.