By far one of the most exciting things happening this year is the Starz 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 today we’ve been provided with our first look at the upcoming show.
The tease comes courtesy of the Starz Twitter account, where a brief promotional trailer was posted this afternoon. Unfortunately it doesn’t include any footage from the actual show, which is currently being filmed, though it’s nevertheless sure to get you even more excited than you already were.
Check out the brief teaser clip and then head down below the video to learn everything you need to know about Ash vs. Evil Dead, which premieres on Starz this Fall!
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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.
“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.