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Starz's 'Evil Dead' Sequel Casts Pair
Evil Dead fans, prepare to meet Ash's new supporting duo.
Ray Santiago (Touch, Meet the Fockers) and Dana DeLorenzo (Growing Up Fisher) will co-star in Starz's straight-to-series Ash vs. Evil Dead sequel, The Hollywood Reporter has learned.
Bruce Campbell will reprise his role as the title character Ash, a stock boy, aging lothario and chainsaw-handed monster hunter who has spent the past three decades 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.
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In the 10-episode half-hour series, Santiago (Bad Judge, Dexter) will co-star as Pablo Simon Bolivar, an idealistic immigrant who becomes Ash's loyal sidekick — a Sancho Panza to Ash's Don Quixote. Pablo believes in Ash's heroism even if Ash himself doesn’t. He's repped by TalentWorks, Levity Entertainment and Ginsburg Daniels.
DeLorenzo (Californication, Sullivan & Son) is set as Kelly Maxwell, a moody wild child trying to outrun her past. Reluctantly dragged into the fight against Evil with Ash and Pablo, Kelly finds a different kind of family with her fellow Deadite slayers. She's repped by TalentWorks, 3 Arts and Ginsburg Daniels.
Set for a late 2015 premiere, production on Ash vs. Evil Dead will begin in the spring in New Zealand. Sam Raimi will direct the pilot, which he co-wrote with his brother, Ivan Raimi (Darkman, Army of Darkness, Drag Me to Hell), and Tom Spezialy (Chuck, Reaper, Desperate Housewives). Craig DiGregorio (Chuck) will exec produce and serve as the writing showrunner along with Sam Raimi, Rob Tapert and Campbell. Ivan Raimi will co-executive produce, while Aaron Lam (Spartacus) will produce.