Lucifer on Netflix, it’s over! Tom Ellis brilliantly played the Lord of the Underworld for six seasons and said goodbye to the character. But did you know that the British actor almost missed out on this role and played in Outlander?
It is impossible to dissociate Tom Ellis from Morningstar as the British actor has appropriated the evil hero of the series Lucifer, which ended after six seasons on Netflix on September 10.
But Lucifer was almost done without Tom Ellis! In an interview for the magazine Square Mile, the actor explained that he might well not have been available to slip into Lucifer’s shoes, because before the production of the series began, he was auditioning for another show: Outlander.
He was testing for the character of Frank Randall, the husband of Claire (Caitriona Balfe), but the role eventually went to Tobias Menzies, who was also nominated for his performance at the Golden Globes, since in addition to Frank Randall, he also camps his ancestor, namely the infamous Black Jack.
If Tom Ellis had joined Outlander, he would have reunited with a longtime friend he studied drama with at the Royal Scottish Academy, Sam Heughan, who plays Jamie Fraser. The actor said during the Square Mile crossover interview that he couldn’t have imagined Tom Ellis in the role given he does horrible things to his character:
“I don’t know how I would have been to have you on set, assaulting me. […] It would have been quite tricky, but I know we would have had a good time. “
If Tom Ellis had gotten that major role in Outlander, he wouldn’t have been available for Morningstar’s lead role in Lucifer. And Lucifer without Tom Ellis would have had less flavor.