It’s been over two decades since Bruce Campbell last played the role of Deadite-slayer Ash Williams, and he finally straps the chainsaw hand back on this coming fall in the Starz series “Ash vs. Evil Dead.” It’s been a long time coming, and the actor says the wait will have been worth it.
“This is really a nice quality show,” Campbell told Entertainment Weekly. “I’m gonna feel good about presenting this to people. I really am. They will so not be ripped off by what we’re gonna do. The attempted entertainment value? Pretty high! Pretty high!”
“Sam’s a really good director,” Campbell went on to say, of course referring to Sam Raimi, “and he’s only gotten better since Army of Darkness. And I’ve picked up, hopefully, a few skills along the way. So it’s great to apply our mutual craft, again, together, after so many years. It was an absolute delight and one of those moments where you’re kinda sorta giggly cause you can’t believe we actually pulled it off, that we were able to do this again.”
About “Ash vs. Evil Dead”
“Ash vs. Evil Dead” is the long-awaited follow-up to the classic horror film franchise The Evil Dead and is set to premiere on STARZ in fall 2015. The 10-episode first season of the half-hour series is executive produced by Sam Raimi, Rob Tapert, Bruce Campbell, the original filmmakers of the franchise, and Craig DiGregorio, who serves as executive producer and showrunner.
Campbell is reprising his role as Ash, the stock boy, aging lothario, and chainsaw-handed monster hunter who has spent the last 30 years avoiding responsibility, maturity, and the terrors of the Evil Dead. When a Deadite plague threatens to destroy all of mankind, Ash is finally forced to face his demons – personal and literal. Destiny, it turns out, has no plans to release the unlikely hero from its “Evil” grip.
The cast is led by Bruce Campbell (Evil Dead, “Burn Notice”) in the role of Ash Williams; Lucy Lawless (“Salem,” “Spartacus”) as Ruby, a mysterious figure who believes Ash is the cause of the Evil outbreaks; Ray Santiago (“Touch,” Meet the Fockers) as Pablo Simon Bolivar, an idealistic immigrant who becomes Ash’s loyal sidekick; Dana DeLorenzo (A Very Harold & Kumar 3D Christmas) as Kelly Maxwell, a moody wild child trying to outrun her past; and Jill Marie Jones (“Sleepy Hollow”) as Amanda Fisher, a disgraced Michigan State Trooper set to find our anti-hero Ash and prove his responsibility in the grisly murder of her partner.