Two full decades after last playing the character, Bruce Campbell reprises the role of Deadite-slayer Ash Williams in the upcoming Starz TV series Ash vs. Evil Dead, which is set to premiere this Fall. The show will serve as a sequel to the original Evil Dead film franchise, showing us what Ash is up to in the present day.
Though we’ve been teased with various images and trailers in the last couple months, we haven’t actually seen an image of the 57-year-old Campbell as Ash, which makes today’s exclusive scoop from Entertainment Weekly pretty damn exciting. They got their hands on the big reveal, and oh boy is it awesome.
Check out the very first image from Ash vs. Evil Dead below, which shows Bruce Campbell’s Ash alongside Value Stop employees / fellow monster killers Pablo (Ray Santiago) and Kelly (Dana Delorenzo)!
“It’s The Searchers with carnage and mayhem,” says Campbell of the newest chapter in the Evil Dead saga. “I’m relegated a little bit into the John Wayne mode these days with my team—the young, virile, evil fighters who will pair up with Ash and take on this nemesis: this never ending, ever evolving nemesis.”
Lucy Lawless (Xena: Warrior Princess) stars alongside Bruce Campbell as Ruby, 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.
Ray 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.
Dana 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.
Jill Marie 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.
Mimi Rogers was most recently added to the cast as Suzy Maxwell, who is reunited with her family along with several uninvited guests after a freak accident.
“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.