Spartacus alumna Lucy Lawless is returning to Starz with a co-starring role opposite Bruce Campbell in the premium channel’s 10-episode half-hour original series Ash vs Evil Dead, sequel to the cult horror film franchise The Evil Dead. The series, executive produced by Sam Raimi and Rob Talpert, is set to film on location in Lawless’ native New Zealand this spring and premiere in late 2015. 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.
This marks Lawless’ third series with her husband, Tapert, and Raimi, who also executive produced Spartacus and the series that made Lawless a star, Xena: Warrior Princess. She also appeared in Raimi’s feature Spider-Man and Tapert’s Boogeyman. She’s repped by APA.
Raimi will direct the first episode of Ash vs Evil Dead, which he wrote with Ivan Raimi, Craig DiGregorio and Tom Spezialy. Raimi, Tapert and Campbell executive produce along with Craig DiGregorio, who will serve as showrunner. Ivan Raimi will co-executive produce, and Aaron Lam will serve as producer. Lawless joins previously cast Campbell, Ray Santiago, Dana DeLorenzo and Jill Marie Jones.