Dennis Haysbert has been cast as God for Lucifer's upcoming, final season. Haysbert will replace co-creator Neil Gaiman, who voiced God in the show's third season.
"We did like the big crazy list of [possible actors for the part], and he was my top choice," Lucifer co-showrunner Joe Henderson told Entertainment Weekly. "We were lucky. It was our first and only offer."
Haysbert's God is, of course, the father of Tom Ellis' Lucifer and D.B. Woodside's Amenadiel. Playing family is old hat for Woodside and Haysbert - the two played brothers on Fox's 24.
"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?’" Henderson said. "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."
In addition to roles in shows like The Unit and being a spokesperson for Allstate Insurance, Haysbert has appeared in several comic based TV shows and movies including Sin City: A Dame to Kill For, a 1980 episode of The Incredible Hulk, and the animated series The New Batman Adventures, Superman: The Animated Series, Static Shock, and Justice League.
Lucifer's fifth and final season is scheduled to debut later this year on Netflix.