Premiering later this year on Starz is the original series Ash vs. Evil Dead, which essentially serves as a years-later sequel to the original Evil Dead franchise. Bruce Campbell reprises the iconic role of Ash Williams, and now another familiar face is on board.

It was reported today that Lucy Lawless has joined the cast of Ash vs. Evil Dead, playing a character by the name of Ruby. Lawless is best known for her role as Xena on the TV series Xena: Warrior Princess, wherein she acted alongside Bruce Campbell.

Ruby has been described as a mysterious figure who is myopic in her quest to hunt down the source of the recent Evil outbreaks. And she believes that Ash is the cause of it all.

Lawless joins the previously announced Ray Santiago, Dana DeLorenzo and Jill Marie Jones.

Santiago will play Pablo Simon Bolivar, an idealistic immigrant who becomes Ash’s loyal sidekick – a Sancho Panza to Ash’s Don Quixote. Pablo believes in Ash’s heroism even if Ash himself doesn’t.

DeLorenzo is Kelly Maxwell, a moody wild child trying to outrun her past. Reluctantly dragged into the fight against Evil with Ash and Pablo, Kelly finds a different kind of family with her fellow Deadite slayers.

Jones plays Michigan State Trooper Amanda Fisher who, following the grisly murder of her partner, sets out to find our anti-hero Ash and prove his responsibility for the crime. But as she soon learns, Ash and his cohorts may be mankind’s only hope against the plague of Evil Dead.

It’s a threesome, which is a good number,” Campbell recently said about the series’ protagonists. “They’re supposed to be two very good counterparts. One is a male-bonding situation; the other is father-figure deal, since Ash could have a daughter the same age as this character. Hopefully we’ll pull Ash out of his loner-veteran mode and get him back into being a human being again.

In Ash vs. Evil Dead, the aging lothario and chainsaw-handed monster hunter who has spent the last 30 years avoiding responsibility, maturity and the terrors of the Evil Dead is finally forced to face his demons, when a Deadite plague threatens to destroy all of mankind.

Evil Dead creator Sam Raimi is attached to direct the pilot of Ash vs. Evil Dead, paving the way for other filmmakers to come in and helm subsequent episodes. That said, it’s been promised that Raimi will be very hands-on, and will be involved throughout the series.

The series is set to film on location in New Zealand this spring for premiere on Starz in late 2015.

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