Netflix’s ‘Lucifer’ Has Finally Cast An Actor To Play God

Ben PulsfordBen Pulsford in Entertainment, Netflix, TV
Published 06.01.20
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Neflix’s Lucifer has cast 24‘s Dennis Haysbert to play God in the fifth and final season of the show

Oh. My. God.

Before we get into it, let’s just remember that this character gave Lucifer (Tom Ellis) his wit and charm and Amenadiel (D.B. Woodside) his strength and swag. He also gave both of them Greek God levels of sex-appeal and muscle.

Safe to say, I think I’m going to like God in Lucifer Season 5.

On a completely unrelated note, here’s a reminder of what the Season 4 teaser trailer looked like.

Dennis Haysbert set to play God in Lucifer

Entertainment Weekly has exclusively revealed that 24 legend, Dennis Haysbert will play Lucifer’s mysterious dad – aka THE God – in the fifth and final series of the Netflix/Warner Bros. fantasy comedy. The character has been referenced time and time again during the show’s five-year run, but has never actually been portrayed by an actor.

Okay, the character did appear in a bonus episode in Season 3 (voiced by Neil Gaiman, whose Sandman comics inspired the series), but we’re not counting that. In Season 5, God will be a recurring character, and thank God for that.

Lucifer co-showrunner Joe Henderson told EW:

“We did like the big crazy list of [possible actors for the part], and he was my top choice.

“We were lucky. It was our first and only offer.”

The casting will reunite Haysbert with his former 24 cast-mate, D.B. Woodside (Buffy fans might remember him as Principal Wood, way back when). The pair played brothers on Fox’s hit action series years ago and now, they’re being reunited as father and son on Lucifer.

Henderson told EW that his former friend and colleague, Woodside actually played a part in casting him as the Almighty. He said:

“D.B. had actually come up to us and said, ‘Have you thought about Dennis?’ We were like, ‘Do you think he’d actually do it?’ And he’s like, ‘Well, I’ve already talked to him and sort of brought it up.’ And so we just went straight on at him.” 

Dennis Haysbert and DB Woodside back in 2006.

Haysbert told EW that getting to work with Woodside again was one of the main reasons he said yes to the role. He said:

“Every time I see D.B., there’s always this fondness and this connection… We worked on a show that was arguably one of the best shows ever produced in television, so you’re going to have a kind of camaraderie.

“I don’t know how I went from brothers to father. We’re celestial. We can do that.”

So what do we know about Season 5 of Lucifer?

Well, aside from the fact that we’ve finally found our God, we know that the fifth season will be the final season for Lucifer. We also know that Season 5 will be six episodes longer than former seasons!

Yep, Netflix will release a grand total of 16 episodes of Lucifer at some point in 2020.

At the end of Season 4, Detective Chloe Decker professed her love to Lucifer, just before he returned to Hell, gagging me with all the Buffy Season 2 vibes.

Please don’t ask me exactly when the new season is dropping. Filming began in September 2019 and as such, I have my suspicions, but in truth, I just don’t know. Let’s all just say a little prayer that it miraculously drops this month and saves us all from January.

Amen. 

Images via Netflix and Getty

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