Tom Ellis on 'Lucifer'

While FOX’s devilish new series “Lucifer” is based on a graphic Novel from DC Comics imprint Vertigo, there should be a word of warning to die hard fans expecting to see a faithful adaptation of the original work.

The TV version of “Lucifer” is quite a bit different from the comic — but that’s not a bad thing.

Speaking to Zap2it and a group of other outlets during a tour of the “Lucifer” set, Tom Ellis explains, “We’re taking something from a very different medium and trying to use it to make something else. We’re taking elements of relationships and things like that, but it’s very much its own being.”

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What that means is you’ll see characters like Lucifer (Ellis), Mazikeen (Lesley-Ann Brandt) — who simply goes by Maze on the show — and Amenadiel (D.B. Woodside). However, you’ll also meet new characters by Detective Chloe Decker (Lauren German) and her daughter Trixie (Scarlett Esteves), who become central figures in the devil’s life.

In this version, Lucifer works with Chloe to solve certain cases that he has a particular interest in.

“There is an overall serialized element to the show,” Ellis explains. “It’s constantly moving, there’s never a fixed arrangement within the show.”

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Given that massive change, Ellis is sure there will be some who aren’t as accepting of this new version of Lucifer. “I’m sure there will be some people very unhappy about that,” he says. “But I’m sure if people watch it for what it is then they will soon forget.”

For Ellis himself, it wasn’t really an issue. When he went out for the role, nobody clued him into the comic book history behind it.

“I didn’t know it was based on a graphic novel when I first read the script and when I first got the job I didn’t know,” he says. “I’m kind of glad I didn’t know because it didn’t change my choices.”

“Lucifer” premieres Monday, Jan. 25 at 8 p.m. ET/PT on FOX.

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