LUCIFER star Tom Ellis has sadly ruled out reprising his star-making role once the series comes to an end with its sixth season.
Tom Ellis is currently hard at work filming the sixth and final season of Netflix fantasy series Lucifer. Although the show’s many revivals over the years, including following its cancellation from Fox, have spurred on hopes for a surprise seventh instalment, Ellis confirmed he’s done with the character when the cameras stop rolling.
Lucifer Morningstar (played by Tom Ellis) and Chloe Decker (Lauren German) will soon be on screens again with the anticipated second half of Lucifer’s fifth season.
Beyond that, Warner Bros. and Netflix startled viewers earlier this year by announcing the series would finish with an unexpected sixth outing.
The series was given a new home on the streaming service last year after being cancelled by Fox after just three seasons.
As the urban fantasy drama, based loosely on the character from Neil Gaiman’s Sandman comics, has proven to be one of Netflix’s most popular shows, some fans have kept their fingers crossed for yet another surprise renewal.
However, despite remaining the most-streamed show in the US, the Lucifer team have insisted the popular series will end with its sixth season.
Ellis and his co-stars are currently filming in Los Angeles, so a mid to late release in 2021 seems likely for Lucifer’s show-stopping grand finale.
Meanwhile, the Welsh lead of the series announced his definitive plans to depart from the series on a recent episode of Kings of Con: The Podcast.
Tom Ellis sat down with an upcoming guest star for Lucifer season five, Rob Benedict, and director Richard Speight Jr. to tease what’s to come in the next eight episodes.
Amid their exciting preview of Lucifer’s reunion with God (Dennis Haysbert) and the next round of the battle with his devious twin brother, Michael, Ellis confirmed his plans to hang up his wings.
He explained: “Six seasons of the show is a real achievement. It’s been a huge emotional journey and I don’t think I wanna do anymore what I know I don’t wanna do anymore.”
Netflix has started to build up a reputation of premature cancellations for anything but it’s most popular series, so Lucifer has its huge pool of fans to thank for its extraordinary longevity.
This has also given series lead Tom Ellis to bow out on his own terms, as the star admitted he’s keen to pursue other projects.
Over the last few years, his schedule has largely been dominated by his devilish role on Netflix, though he has landed small parts in rom-com Isn’t It Romantic and black comedy series Queen America.
Tom Ellis has recently confessed he’d like to return to the theatre, and Lucifer’s conclusion is certain to free up his calendar to hunt for some challenging new roles.
The star elaborated: “Mainly because I wanna know that we’re ending and because I’ve had such a great time. I think it’s only fitting that we have a proper ending to the show.”
While season five was initially intended to be Lucifer’s last, production on the season finale was sabotaged by the outbreak of coronavirus back in March.
Series showrunners Ildy Modrovich and Joe Henderson took advantage of the unexpected hiatus to leave the door open for another round of murder mysteries and celestial battles in season six.
Plus, one more outing of a reported ten episodes will give father and son plenty of bonding time after God’s stunning arrival in the midseason finale.
Still, fans are campaigning to bring the series total up to 100 episodes, so don’t rule out Tom Ellis keeping his crown as the Prince of Darkness for a little longer just yet.