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Lucifer season five, part one will premiere on Friday, August 21 on Netflix. After four seasons of waiting, fans will finally get to meet Lucifer’s brother, Michael. Lucifer Morningstar actor Tom Ellis is taking on both roles for the fifth series, which consists of 16 episodes. Express.co.uk has everything you need to know.
How does Tom Ellis play Lucifer and Michael in the same scene?
At the end of Lucifer season four, Lucifer Morningstar (played by Tom Ellis) returned to rule over Hell, leaving behind his life on Earth.
The cast and crew of the supernatural drama confirmed Lucifer would return to Earth in the fifth series, however, is it is not in the form viewers expected.
The trailer revealed Lucifer’s evil twin brother Michael has flown to Earth, impersonating his devilish sibling.
Instead of getting another actor to play the role of Lucifer’s brother, the creators of Lucifer decided to make Michael Lucifer’s twin and get Ellis to play both roles.
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Speaking to Entertainment Weekly ahead of season five, showrunners Idly Modrovich and Joe Henderson discussed Ellis’ performance as Michael and Lucifer.
Henderson said: “In the table reads when Tom has to play Lucifer and Michael, it’s amazing because he’s literally doing the ‘sister!’ ‘mother!’ ‘sister!’ [thing].
“But you’re also in the scene. You’re staying with him because he’s grounding it.
“Tom makes what he does look so effortless that I think this season will remind people just how hard it is everything he does.”
Fellow showrunner, Idly Modrovich, revealed the changes Ellis had to undertake to become Michael.
Modrovich explained Ellis had to adapt different physical qualities and change his speech.
Ellis, who is Welsh, not only had to act with an over-the-top English accent for play Lucifer Morningstar, for Michael he had to put on an American accent.
Modrovich explained: “He plays it with very different physical mannerism and speech patterns, so it is this weird back-and-forth where he’s having this weird schizophrenic conversation with himself. He’s brilliant.”
Ellis added: “[There’s a] slightly different energy to the start of the season.
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“It was really strange coming to work and not working with my buddies.”
Thankfully, early on in season five, some of Lucifer’s friends and family on Earth realise it is Michael on Earth and not Lucifer.
The trailer shows Michael coming clean to Maze (Lesley-Ann Brandt) about his true identity.
DB Woodside who plays Lucifer and Michael’s brother, the angel Amenadiel, also told Entertainment Weekly, he is one of the first to find out Michael’s identity.
Fans are just hoping Chloe Decker (Lauren German) will notice something is not quite right with Lucifer/Michael before it is too late.
For fans, there are some clues to keep an eye out to spot the difference between Lucifer and Michael.
Clue number one is Michael’s posture, his shoulders are significantly hunched over in comparison to Lucifer’s.
Reddit user samaelluv posted: “I noticed after the second rewatch that in all the scenes we know of featuring Michael on Earth, his right shoulder seems a bit up (can’t think of a better description, like he has a contracture).”
Another obvious clue is Michael’s real American accent.
When Michael is being his true self and not trying to impersonate Lucifer, he adapts a native LA accent, ditching Lucifer’s English accent.
The third and most obvious clue to Lucifer fans is the way Michael dresses.
Lucifer is usually overdressed for every occasion, wearing a suit every single day.
On the other hand, Michael dresses in turtle necks and jumpers.
One Reddit fan commented: “Do we honestly think that the Devil that wears Prada would wear a turtleneck? We haven’t seen anything like it in four seasons.”
Lucifer season 5, part one premieres Friday, August 21 on Netflix
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