Spartacus alum Lucy Lawless is returning to Starz, with a role on the network’s upcoming Ash vs. Evil Dead series.
A follow-up to the cult classic Evil Dead films, Ash vs. Evil Dead brings back Bruce Campbell as Ash, the stock boy/aging lothario/chainsaw-handed monster hunter who has spent the last 30 years avoiding responsibility, maturity and the terrors of the Evil Dead. But when a Deadite plague threatens to destroy all of mankind, Ash is forced to face his demons, personal and literal.
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 is the cause of it all.
In addition to her turn as Lucretia on two of Starz’s Spartacus series, Lawless’ TV credits include Xena: Warrior Princess, Battlestar Galactica, Parks and Recreation and the coming season of WGN America’s Salem (where she will recur as Countess Marburg, one of the last members of a line of powerful German witches).
Ash vs. Evil Dead is set to film on location in New Zealand this spring, with an eye on a late 2015 premiere. Sam Raimi — with whom Lawless worked on Xena and Spartacus — will direct the first half-hour episode, which he also cowrote.