Pilot Scoop: Once Alum Tom Ellis Lands Satanic Title Role in Fox's Lucifer

Lucifer Tom Ellis

Tom Ellis is raising a little hell this pilot season, landing the title role in Fox’s devilish DC Comics drama Lucifer, TVLine has learned.

In Lucifer, the Welsh actor — best known stateside for his role as Once Upon a Time’s first Robin Hood and as the star of USA Network’s short-lived medical series Rush — will play the Lord of Hell, who abdicates his throne and kingdom to make camp in Los Angeles, where he gets his kicks helping the LAPD punish criminals.

The pilot was penned by Californication creator Tom Kapinos, who will exec-produce alongside Jerry Bruckheimer Television and Sleepy Hollow EP Len Wiseman (also the pilot’s director).

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34 Comments
  1. Jenna says:

    Hope this gets picked up…loved him in Rush. He plays a delightfully good, bad boy.

  2. Meghan says:

    Once “Alum”, really? He was in ONE episode. I didn’t know that is enough to count as alum…

  3. Katie T says:

    Really hope this gets picked up. Love Tom and the show sounds interesting

  4. Lady K says:

    Oh please someone tell me the producers are going to get the rights to AC/DC’s “Highway to Hell” and play it as he leaves Hell and journeys to LA….

    • Wordsmith says:

      Just so long as they don’t go for Sympathy for the Devil again. After Blacklist and Sleepy Hollow and lord knows who else, it’s a bit overplayed.

  5. analog says:

    Why not cast the character as a blond?

  6. Maryann says:

    Perfect casting! Loved him in Rush. Would be great to see him on tb again. Hope this gets picked up!

  7. Jon says:

    Not who I had pictured.

  8. Lauren says:

    Is he returning to OUAT? I thought they were going to explain why Robin had two different faces? I really want this to get picked up. Give Ellis his US break. Ssdly, they changed Lucifer’s piano bar with a procedural. TV has too much procedurals.

    • Cameron says:

      Most likely the switch in actors for Robin Hood on OUAT is going to be some anti-Marian, anti-Zelena “twist” to try to validate his cheating on Marian with Regina. OUAT’s writers don’t put much effort into their storytelling.

    • Ruth says:

      So agree with Mr Ellis getting much deserved US break! Well earned in RUSH, now continue with Lucifer.

  9. Theresa says:

    Should have been James Marsters.

  10. Bartimeus says:

    I’m happy with this news. Glad he’s not blonde though, blonde guys are rarely that attractive.

  11. SaiDeschain says:

    Tom Kapinos’ ego has ruined this series so far, much like he did with Californication.

    Mike Carey’s Lucifer didn’t go around solving crimes, he wanted to create his own universe, which caused problems with other supernatural entities. Tom Kapinos making this a cop show is a disservice to the original material

  12. Cameron says:

    I hope this is successful so he never goes back to OUAT. OUAT ruined Robin Hood. Although “Once alum” is not a very accurate description of him.

  13. Kyckastra says:

    I hadn’t realized Rush was cancelled until now; so sad! It was an excellent show and he was excellent in it. USA doesn’t have all that many successful shows right now; you’d think they could have given it more of a chance.

  14. uk-usa-tvaddict says:

    I can’t see this guy doing something really evil. He played an amoral frat boy in Rush. This character needs to have the feeling of Hannibal, elegant evil.

    And are we supposed to believe that the local police get help from him to catch criminals or get them killed deliberately so that the devil gets their souls?

  15. I just hope they keep a supernatural eliment to the show and not just another bland cop show, im hoping for a Hannibal Lecture type of char for Lucifer but i wont get my hopes up, dont know enough about the actor who is to play Lucifer to comment about him TBF. I just hope its a good show which dosnt get canceled after one season which seems to be the trend with american shows latley .

  16. Ruth says:

    Really need to ensure you take advantage of Mr Ellis’ considerable talents. USA Network missed out “big-time” when failed to pick-up on Season 2 & onward of RUSH. This is your chance to benefit from their mistake.

  17. tsevca says:

    Maybe good for addicted doctor, but doesn´t feel like the devil himself material.

  18. Peggy says:

    Great show. Keep more seasons coming.

  19. GAIL says:

    I AM BIG CATHOLIC BUT LOVE OLE LUCIFER,,GREAT SHOW /ALMOST AS GOOD AS JUSTIFIED WAS /ELLIS PERFECT FOR PART..