Earlier today, during Starz's TCA press tour panel, Ash Vs. Evil Dead star Bruce Campbell hinted that the upcoming series may lead to more Evil Dead movies. Of course, it's a bit too early to be speculating about new movies, since Ash Vs. Evil Dead doesn't premiere until October 31. But during the presentation today, the Starz Twitter account released the first photo of Lucy Lawless from the highly-anticipated series. Lucy Lawless joined the cast in March as Ruby, described as, "a mysterious figure who is myopic in her quest to hunt down the source of the recent Evil outbreaks." While she eventually teams up with Bruce Campbell's Ash, she also believes that he is the source of the Deadite invasion.
Lucy Lawless joins Bruce Campbell 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 series reunites Lucy Lawless with Sam Raimi and Robert G. Tapert, who both produced her hit 1990s fantasy series Xena: Warrior Princess.
The supporting cast includes 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.
Sam 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. The show will also feature a mysterious connection to the original Evil Dead movies that still remains a mystery. Given Ruby's contention that Ash may actually be responsible for the Deadite plague, it will be interesting to see how the connection between the show and the movie will be established. It hasn't been confirmed if other stars from the original movies will be brought back for the series.
Unfortunately, there isn't much we know about this scene depicted in the photo, and why Lucy Lawless' Ruby is looking so grimy. With exactly three months to the date until Ash Vs. Evil Dead debuts on Starz, we'll certainly keep you posted with all of the latest developments. Take a look at this new Ash Vs. Evil Dead, photo and let us know what you think.