The STARZ Original series â€œAsh vs Evil Deadâ€ began production this month in New Zealand on the 10-episode first season of the half-hour series executive produced by Sam Raimi, Rob Tapert, Bruce Campbell, the original filmmakers of the franchise, and Craig DiGregorio who will serve as executive producer and showrunner. â€œAsh vs Evil Deadâ€ 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.
Campbell will be 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 â€“personal and literal. Destiny, it turns out, has no plans to release the unlikely hero from its â€œEvilâ€ grip.
The cast is led by Bruce Campbell (Evil Dead, â€œBurn Noticeâ€) in the role of Ash Williams, Lucy Lawless (â€œSalem,â€ â€œSpartacusâ€) as Ruby a mysterious figure who believes Ash is the cause of the Evil outbreaks, Ray Santiago (â€œTouch,â€ Meet the Fockers) as Pablo Simon Bolivar, an idealistic immigrant who becomes Ashâ€™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 (â€œSleepy Hollowâ€) 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.
Raimi is directing the first episode of â€œAsh vs Evil Deadâ€ that he wrote with Ivan Raimi (Darkman, Army of Darkness, Drag Me to Hell), Craig DiGregorio (â€œWorkaholics,â€ â€œChuckâ€) and Tom Spezialy (â€œChuck,â€ â€œReaper,â€ â€œDesperate Housewivesâ€). Raimi will also serve as executive producer, with Rob Tapert (Evil Dead, â€œSpartacus,â€ Xena: Warrior Princessâ€) and Bruce Campbell (Evil Dead, â€œBurn Noticeâ€) along with Craig DiGregorio (â€œWorkaholics,â€ â€œChuckâ€) who will serve as executive producer/showrunner. Ivan Raimi will co-executive produce and Aaron Lam (â€œSpartacusâ€) and Chloe Smith (â€œSpartacusâ€) will serve as producers.
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