With ‘Lucifer‘ set to premiere tonight, the cast recently sat down and talked about what would be different from the comics, what the politics of Hell would be like, and more! The series is going to be iffy for some to begin with as the show is, after all, about the devil as the main character and secondly it could likely be a turn off to the built in fan base of the comics with exactly how loosely it is based off of them.
For those who haven’t been watching the previews for the series, ‘Lucifer’ will follow Tom Ellis as the title character who has decided that he is bored running Hell and decides to take a vacation on Earth. While on our plane he meets Chloe (played by Lauren German) who is a detective that has no interest in his unnaturally charming self which has him coming back for more. On top of that, Lucifer is visited by Lesley-Ann Brandt who is the demon Mazikeen and D.B. Woodside who is the angel Amenadiel, both of whom are trying to convince him that he needs to return to Hell.
So what motivates Lucifer on his journey? Ellis explains a bit about his vacation and how Mazikeen plays into it:
“He’s like, I’m out of here. I’ll be back when I fancy. I’ll leave you guys to it. [And it’s] grown into a sabbatical that is continually deferred by Lucifer because he is more and more intrigued by this thing and you find out more and more resentful about the role he was given in life. And so that as you can imagine causes some stress points between them and she is caught a dilemma of having to serve her master who she loves and wondering what is best for him.”
His relationship with Chloe, though, is what really puts his return to Hell on hold:
“The disarming of Lucifer in that situation mean he’s now open to feeling things he has never felt before. And that is his existential crisis, because it was very simple for him before that.”
What is happening in Hell without the master being at home?
“We allude to the fact that the heavenly order is all out of sync because I’ve decided to play the ultimate selfish card.”
If you are thinking that things being “out of sync” might not be that simples, D.B. Woodside clarifies it a bit more:
“All hell is breaking loose! Basically the way it’s been explained to me is you have someone like Lucifer who is in charge of hell, so he’s the warden, the guards, the institution, he is he is all of that. [Now] he’s not there, so inmates are roaming free, and my guess is that they are trying to figure out a way to come back into the present world. And there’s no one down there stopping them, so it’s only a matter of time. And I think that’s Amenadiel’s thing, it’s like there’s a clock on this. So even though our show starts off and Lucifer’s been in Los Angeles for five years, I think that’s our time as far as like there’s no time in Heaven and Hell. I think if we were to break it down, he’s probably just like taking off for about ten minutes you know, and they’re looking around waiting, and no one is being tortured anymore, and so you know, evil spirits, demons, are gonna start to realize that there’s no one around — how do we get out of here? And that’s the big fear for Amenadiel.”
If you are looking for an overtly similar tone of the comics with slight changes like ‘The Walking Dead’ has done you shouldn’t be holding your breathe. Ellis indicates that:
“It’s interesting — people that really want this to follow the graphic novel will be disappointed.”
Brandt expands on that by saying:
“There’s definitely homage pay to the Mazikeen you know in the books. It’s just this is obviously our version of that character, these three — Amanidiel, Lucifer, and Mazikeen — it’s our version of their stories.”
So it sounds as if we’re in for a completely new take on the character which will be bad news for fans of the comic. We’ll have to see how the audience takes it.
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The series stars Tom Ellis (Rush) in the title role as Lucifer, who, bored and unhappy as the Lord of Hell, resigns his throne and abandons his kingdom for the gorgeous, shimmering insanity of Los Angeles, where he gets his kicks helping the LAPD punish criminals. Co-starring alongside Ellis are Lauren German (Chicago Fire) as Chloe Dancer, an LAPD homicide detective who finds herself both repulsed and fascinated by Lucifer; Lesley-Ann Brandt (Spartacus) as Lucifer’s best friend Maze, a fierce demon who takes the form of a human woman; Nicholas Gonzalez (Sleepy Hollow) as Dan, an LAPD homicide detective wary of Lucifer; D.B. Woodside as Amenadiel, an angel sent to L.A. to persuade Lucifer to return to hell; and Rachael Harris as Linda, Lucifer’s therapist.
‘Lucifer’ premiers on Fox on Monday, January 25 at 9 p.m. ET/PT and stars Tom Ellis, Lauren German, Rachael Harris, DB Woodside, Lesley-Ann Brandt, Kevin Alejandro, and Scarlett Estevez.