“True Blood” and “Arrow” veteran Kevin Alejandro has traded in his Brother Blood mask for a badge in the DC realm. The actor has signed on to replace Nicholas Gonzalez in the role of LAPD Detective Dan, who is apparently none too fond of the titular character in “Lucifer”, Fox’s adaptation of Neil Gaiman’s popular Vertigo Comics character. It is assumed that the actor will reshoot Gonzalez’s work in the existing pilot before joining the rest of the cast for series production this summer.
“Lucifer” stars Tom Ellis 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; 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.
It is unknown at this time how much the series will follow Mike Carey’s “Lucifer” solo comic series, which ran for 75 issues. It is also not clear if the show will have any ties to the Joseph Gordon-Levitt’s pending theatrical adaptation of The Sandman. Lucifer originated in “The Sandman” comics and stands a good chance of appearing in the final film. Given the current lack of coordination between DC film and TV adaptations, a connection seems unlikely, but stranger things have happened.
“Lucifer” debuts on Fox this fall.