‘Ash vs Evil Dead’: Lucy Lawless Reunites with Bruce Campbell on Starz

“Spartacus” alum Lucy Lawless is returning to Starz for a role on “Ash vs Evil Dead,” the “Evil Dead” spinoff series that stars her “Xena: Warrior Princess” co-star Bruce Campbell.

Lawless will play Ruby, a mysterious figure who is myopic in her quest to hunt down the source of the recent Evil outbreaks. The only problem: She believes that Ash (Campbell) is the cause of it all. Lawless’ casting also reunites her with executive producers Sam Raimi and Rob Tapert, with whom she worked on “Xena” and “Spartacus,” as well as their feature films including Raimi’s “Spider-Man” and Tapert’s “Boogeyman.”

Lawless joins previously announced cast members Ray Santiago (Pablo Simon Bolivar), Dana DeLorenzo (Kelly Maxwell) and Jill Marie Jones (Amanda Fisher).

The series will consist of 10 half-hour episodes. Bruce 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.

Raimi will direct the first episode of “Ash vs Evil Dead,” which he wrote with Ivan Raimi (“Darkman,” “Army of Darkness”), Craig DiGregorio (“Workaholics,” “Chuck”) and Tom Spezialy (“Chuck,” “Reaper”). Raimi will also serve as executive producer, along with Tapert, Campbell and DiGregorio, who will serve as showrunner. Ivan Raimi will co-executive produce and Aaron Lam (“Spartacus”) will serve as producer.

Lawless can next be seen in a recurring role on season two of WGN America’s “Salem.”

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