Lucifer season 4 may have sent its titular character back to Hell, but the fifth season will add some rather heavenly characters to the cast.
More specifically, Lucifer’s fifth and final season will be adding the most heavenly character to the cast — none other than the big guy himself, God.
Though we’ve met a few biblical characters in the course of Lucifer’s four seasons — Azrael, Cain, Uriel, Eve — along with God’s ex-wife, the Goddess, played by Tricia Helfer, we have yet to meet the creator of all things, the alpha and the omega himself, God.
That will change in the upcoming fifth season of the show, as Entertainment Weekly revealed earlier today that actor Dennis Haysbert will be joining the cast of Lucifer as God.
“We did like the big crazy list of [possible actors for the part], and he was my top choice,” Lucifer co-showrunner Joe Henderson said in an interview with Entertainment Weekly. “We were lucky. It was our first and only offer.”
The casting decision will reunite Haysbert with D.B. Woodside, who plays Amenadiel, Lucifer’s oldest brother in the show. The two men previously worked together on Fox’s 24, where they played brothers David and Wayne Palmer.
And it was actually that connection between the two actors that helped Haysbert get cast as God.
Lucifer co-showrunner Joe Henderson went on in his interview to say, “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.”
On his end, getting to work with D.B. Woodside again was one of the reasons Dennis Haysbert accepted the role for Lucifer, saying, “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.”
Lucifer season 5 will premiere later in 2020 on Netflix with 16 episodes.