Fox’s upcoming adaptation of the DC/Vertigo comic series Lucifer has gone through a bit of a casting shuffle. According to Deadline, the show has lost actor Nicholas Gonzalez, who will be replaced by True Blood and Arrow alum Kevin Alejandro.
The role is that of a gruff homicide detective for the LAPD, who grows wary of the eponymous former Underworld ruler’s burgeoning relationship with his wife and daughter.
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No reason for Gonzalez’s exit was given, and it sounds like his part in the pilot will remain intact despite the role swap. That means there’s going to be a slight bit of confusion for viewers when the show debuts next midseason. Still, Alejandro should be a fine replacement, so I’m excited to see what he does with the role.
Created and written by Californication alum Tom Kapinos and directed by Total Recall and Underworld helmer Len Wiseman, Lucifer tells the tale of the Lord of Hell (played by Once Upon A Time‘s Tom Ellis), who grows tired of his job in the underworld and suddenly quits – choosing instead to trade his kingdom for the “gorgeous, shimmering insanity of Los Angeles,” where he spends his days running a piano bar and helping the LAPD punish criminals.
The show will bow in early 2016.