Lucy Lawless has been cast to co-star opposite Bruce Campbell in the Ash vs. Evil Dead series for Starz. The series is created and executive produced by Sam Raimi and Rob Tapert.
Lawless returns to working with Sam Raimi and Starz. She worked with Raimi when he also executive produced her Xena: Warrior Princess series in the 1990’s and with Starz when it was the home for Spartacus in which she also starred.
The 10-episode half-hour series is a sequel to the cult horror film franchise The Evil Dead. The series is set to film on location in Lawless’ native New Zealand this spring and premiere in late 2015. Lawless will play Ruby, a mysterious figure who is myopic in her quest to hunt down the source of the recent Evil outbreaks. The only problem: she believes that Ash (Campbell) is the cause of it all.
Raimi will direct the first episode of Ash vs Evil Dead, which he wrote with Ivan Raimi, Craig DiGregorio and Tom Spezialy. Raimi, Tapert and Campbell executive produce along with Craig DiGregorio who will serve as showrunner. Ivan Raimi will co-executive produce and Aaron Lam will serve as producer. Lawless joins previously cast Campbell, Ray Santiago, Dana DeLorenzo and Jill Marie Jones.
More on this series as it develops.