Tom Ellis stars in first trailer for Lucifer

One day after granting their latest comic book adaptation a full series order, Fox has now dropped the first trailer for Lucifer. Based on the original character created by Neil Gaiman, Sam Keith and Mike Dringenberg for DC’s cult imprint Vertigo, the series traces the story of the titular fallen angel who relocates to Los Angeles to kickstart a new chapter of his existence.

Tom Ellis stars as the charming Devil who opens an upscale piano bar in L.A. to pass the boredom of immortality. The Brit actor hams it up perfectly, relishing the chance to unleash hell on Earth. Take a look at the trailer below:

Managing to balance the silliness of Satan working alongside the LAPD to crack cases (think The Mentalist - but with the king of hell doing all the mental chicanery) with bullets and explosions, there’s no doubt this is a Jerry Bruckheimer production. But will the voice of its sharp writer Tom Kapinos (Californication) gift the series some much-needed edge?

Before the show debuts next year, check out the official synopsis:

“Charming, charismatic and devilishly handsome, Lucifer is enjoying his retirement, indulging in a few of his favorite things – wine, women and song – when a beautiful pop star is brutally murdered outside of Lux. For the first time in roughly 10 billion years, he feels something awaken deep within him as a result of this murder. Compassion? Sympathy? The very thought disturbs him – as well as his best friend and confidante, MAZIKEEN aka MAZE (Lesley-Ann Brandt, “The Librarians”), a fierce demon in the form of a beautiful young woman.

The murder attracts the attention of LAPD homicide detective CHLOE DANCER (Lauren German, “Chicago Fire”), who initially is dismissive of Lucifer. But she becomes intrigued by his talent for drawing out people’s secrets and his desire to dispense justice, doling out punishment to those who deserve it. As they work together to solve the pop star’s murder, Lucifer is struck by Chloe’s inherent goodness. Accustomed to dealing with the absolute worst of humanity, Lucifer is intrigued by Chloe’s apparent purity and begins to wonder if there’s hope for his own soul yet.

At the same time, God’s emissary, the angel AMENADIEL (DB Woodside, “Suits,” “24”), has been sent to Los Angeles to convince Lucifer to return to the underworld…can the Devil incarnate be tempted toward the side of Good, or will his original calling pull him back toward Evil?”

Directed by Len Wiseman (Underworld), Lucifer will air sometime in 2016.

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