Entertainment Weekly have released the first official image of Bruce Campbell as the chainsaw-armed Ash Williams in the upcoming STARZ series Ash vs Evil Dead.
This new photo features Campbell back as Ash, along with his new sidekicks: Pablo Simon Bolivar (Ray Santiago) and Kelly Maxwell (Dana DeLorenzo).
EW’s Dalton Ross also caught up with Campbell and executive producer/co-writer/series premiere director Sam Raimi to discuss the details of the Deadite-dicing series. Raimi talked about Ash once again inadvertently bringing undead demons into our world:
“He’s the only one stupid enough to really tamper with those spirits. And he does. But he’s also still a really good monster fighter.”
Campbell touched upon the type of tone viewers can expect from Ash vs Evil Dead:
“It’s The Searchers with carnage and mayhem.”
“Ash vs Evil Dead,” which is currently in production in New Zealand, 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. The 10-episode first season of the half-hour series is 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.
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 –personal and literal. Destiny, it turns out, has no plans to release the unlikely hero from its “Evil” grip.
The cast is led by Bruce Campbell (Evil Dead, “Burn Notice”) in the role of Ash Williams, Lucy Lawless (“Salem,” “Spartacus”) as Ruby a mysterious figure who believes Ash is the cause of the Evil outbreaks, Ray Santiago (“Touch,” Meet the Fockers) as Pablo Simon Bolivar, an idealistic immigrant who becomes Ash’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 (“Sleepy Hollow”) 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.”