Lucy Lawless will soon be back on TV. No, it won’t be a Xena: Warrior Princess reboot as many have hoped. She will be co-starring with Bruce Campbell in Ash vs Evil Dead, a new Starz TV series based on the cult classic film, Evil Dead.
In the series, Lawless will be playing a mysterious woman named Ruby. Her character firmly believes Ash, played by Campbell, is the cause of the Evil Dead outbreak.
Lucy Lawless was interviewed at New York Comic Con about her role as Ruby.
In addition to having the opportunity to meet Lawless, 2,400 fans in attendance at Comic Con on October 10 got to watch the first episode of the Ash vs. Evil Dead series.
Speaking with Fox News, Lawless commented about the initial reaction to the first episode.
“They were very good to us. They embraced it. They shouted. They screamed. They ran away crying.”
Ash vs. Evil Dead will be a 10 part series, each with a 30 minute run time. It is being produced by the original Evil Dead filmmakers, Sam Raimi, Rob Tapert, and Bruce Campbell. Craig DiGregorio, writer and producer of TV shows Chuck and Workaholics, also has a producer role in the new series.
Joining Lawless and Campbell, other cast members include Ray Santiago as Pablo, Simon Bolivar as Ash’s faithful sidekick, Dana DeLorenzo as Kelly Maxwell and Jill Marie Jones as Amanda Fisher.
Currently living in New Zealand, most will remember Lucy Lawless for her role as Xena the Warrior Princess. In 1995, she played Xena in a three part episode on Hercules: The Legendary Journeys, after which, she starred in her own successful hit show that aired for six seasons.
In the past several years, she has made other TV appearances, including a role on Battlestar Galactica as well as a regular role as Diane Lewis in the NBC show Parks and Recreation.
With the new Ash vs Evil Dead series starting soon, is there still a possibility of a Xena reboot? Lawless isn’t saying one way or the other. She is only speculating that if it does happen, it probably won’t be her playing the Warrior Princess.
“Look, if they wanted for 30 years for Ash Vs Evil Dead reboot they might have to wait a few more years to have me back in the role. They might go off and make it with some 20 year old. It really takes that to do a series.”
However, as previously reported by the Inquisitr, a Xena reboot has been discussed by executives at NBC and NBC Universal International. There have been no official confirmation that it will actually become reality though.
In an article from The Timaru Herald, Lucy Lawless received some recognition for an off-screen performance in 2012. The Warrior Princess, along with some other Greenpeace members, waged an unyielding anti-drilling campaign against Shell Oil. The activists occupied a Shell drilling ship named Noble Discoverer and hung banners reading “Stop Shell” and “Save the Artic” from its tower.
A stronger, more public movement against drilling in the Artic spawned from that protest and Greenpeace openly credited the success of that campaign to the efforts of Lawless. Lucy later stated that she was only there on “behalf of the planet and her children.”
By all accounts, the Ash vs. Evil Dead series with Lucy Lawless promises to be much like the original horror classic, an uncomplicated story, a lot of bloodshed and chaos with some comedy thrown in. Despite being only 10 episodes, fans and especially Bruce Campbell are full of optimism that the show will continue for at least a second season.
The new series begins Halloween night at 9 p.m. ET/PT only on Starz.
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