Rush star Tom Ellis has been cast as the title character in Fox’s comic book drama Lucifer, written by Tom Kapinos and directed by Len Wiseman for Warner Bros. TV and Jerry Bruckheimer TV.

Based on the characters from the DC Entertainment’s Vertigo, the TV series centers on Lucifer (Ellis) 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.

With Wales-born brunette Ellis, Lucifer is taking a darker turn as the original comic book character was modeled after another Brit, David Bowie.

Kapinos, Wiseman, Bruckheimer and Jonathan Littman executive produce; KristieAnne Reed co-executive produces.

Ellis, who made his U.S. series debut with the title role in USA Network’s Rush, also recently co-starred on BBC’s Miranda. He is repped by CAA, Anonymous Content and UK’s Hamilton Hodell.