Fox’s ‘Lucifer’ Finds Its Devil in Tom Ellis

“Rush” actor will help the LAPD punish criminals on Jerry Bruckheimer-produced pilot

The devil you know is now Tom Ellis: Fox’s “Lucifer” has cast the “Rush” actor in its titular role.

Last week, the project landed a pilot pickup from the broadcast network and added “Sleepy Hollow” creator Len Wiseman to direct and Jerry Bruckheimer to executive produce.

The one-hour drama comes from executive producer and writer Tom Kapinos, and will be produced by Jerry Bruckheimer Television and Kapinos’ Aggressive Mediocrity, in association with Warner Bros. Television.

Alongside Kapinos, Wiseman and Bruckheimer, Jonathan Littman will also executive produce. KristieAnne Reed will co-executive produce.

“Lucifer,” based on characters by Neil Gaiman, Sam Kieth and Mike Dringenberg for DC Comics’ Vertigo imprint, follows the bored and unhappy titular Lord of Hell.

On the show, Lucifer Morningstar 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.

Lucifer primarily has appeared as a recurring supporting character in “The Sandman” comic books. The fallen angel also commanded his own spinoff.

Fox’s earlier fall hit “Gotham” also comes from the DC Comics universe. Following a very strong start to the season, the Batman prequel has come back down to Earth a bit.

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