'Lucifer' Star Tom Ellis Teases His Sinfully Fun Twist on the Devil: 'It's the Ultimate Redemption Story'


Fox's fiery new drama, Lucifer, premieres tonight, and let's just say, it's one hell of a show.

Starring the sinfully handsome Tom Ellis as the devil himself, Lucifer aims to show audiences what happens when Satan gives up ruling hell for a wickedly fun life on Earth and running a Los Angeles nightclub.

"Everyone feels like they know this character," Ellis recently explained to ETonline and a small group of reporters on Lucifer's set. "I didn’t want to be Mr. Evil. What leapt out to me when I first read it is it was fun. It was a fun take on using this character and putting him in a different world."

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Although the show is based on the comic book series from DC’s publishing imprint, Vertigo, Ellis revealed that the program is "very much its own being" and will not strictly follow the graphic novel's tale.

"I’m sure there will be some people very unhappy about that, but if people watch it for what it is, then they’ll soon forget," he promised fans.


When he's not using his powers for seduction and fun, Lucifer teams up with LAPD Homicide Detective Chloe Decker (Lauren German), and amuses himself by helping her solve murders.

Thanks to this crime-solving twist, Ellis understands that Lucifer may be pegged as a "procedural cop drama," but the Fox star stressed that's "not an entirely accurate description."

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"It’s about [Lucifer’s] experience of learning about humanity and people and interaction and emotions," Ellis added. "He likes to have fun with people and that was a huge selling point for me and a huge thing I tapped into."

"[It’s] the beginning of a redemption story — the ultimate redemption story," Ellis said. "The most irredeemable character, how can he find redemption?"

Lucifer premieres Monday, Jan. 25 at 9 p.m. ET/PT on Fox.