In less than one week, Ash Williams (Bruce Campbell) will finally make his long-awaited return in the highly-anticipated Starz series Ash Vs. Evil Dead, debuting Halloween night, Saturday, October 31. To get fans ready for the upcoming series, the official Ash vs. Evil Dead Twitter page has released the first four minutes of the pilot episode, El Jefe. The new footage shows Ash hooking up with a random woman at a dive bar, but she's hiding a deadly secret.
Last week, Starz also announced a marathon of all the Evil Dead movies on Friday, October 30, which will be hosted by Bruce Campbell. The marathon starts at 8 PM ET with 1981's The Evil Dead at 8:00pm ET/PT, followed by 1987's Evil Dead 2: Dead by Dawn at 9:30 PM ET and concluding with 1991's Army Of Darkness at 10:55 PM ET. The marathon will also feature a new sneak peek at the series, airing at 12:15 AM ET. Fans will be encouraged to join the social media conversations throughout the night using #EvilDeadMarathon and other scene-specific hashtags that will appear within each movie.
Bruce Campbell reprises 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 first season will span 10 episodes, and Bruce Campbell has already teased that the TV series may spawn new Evil Dead movies, but we'll have to wait and see how fans react to the series.
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.
Raimi directed the first episode of Ash Vs. Evil Dead that he wrote with Ivan Raimi (Darkman, Army of Darkness, Drag Me to Hell), and Tom Spezialy ("Chuck," "Reaper," "Desperate Housewives"). Raimi also serves as executive producer, with Rob Tapert (Evil Dead, "Spartacus," Xena: Warrior Princess") and Bruce Campbell (Evil Dead, "Burn Notice") along with Craig DiGregorio ("Workaholics," "Chuck") who serves as executive producer/showrunner. Ivan Raimi serves as co-executive producer and Aaron Lam ("Spartacus") and Chloe Smith ("Spartacus") serve as producers. Take a look at the first four minutes of Ash Vs. Evil Dead below.