We already knew that Bruce Campbell and Sam Raimi were going to reunite in Ash vs. Evil Dead—a 10-episode television series on Starz—but they’re bringing more than just a chainsaw and boomstick with them. For the first time ever Ash Williams is going to have not one sidekick, but two.
Word got out today that both Ray Santiago and Dana DeLorenzo will co-star alongside Campbell in the long-awaited follow-up to Raimi’s classic Evil Dead franchise. But we have more than just a couple of faces to pin on the new show because with this news came fresh details on their characters and what role they play in Ash vs. Evil Dead, so here’s the break down:
Pablo Simon Bolivar is 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. Kelly Maxwell is 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.
This certainly adds an interesting wrinkle to the story, especially when you think about Ash working with a couple of kids half his age. Seeing the aging lothario and chainsaw-wielding deadite hunter interacting with these two at the height of an apocalypse is going to be a hell of a lot of fun, and I’m curious to see how he handles it over the course of a season. And speaking of which, I have really warmed up to the idea of this being told in the format of a TV series because it only gives us fans more of what we’ve been asking for all along. Rather than a 2 hour (at best) feature film, we’re instead getting 5 hours of content. What’s not to like?
For those of you who don’t know, the show focuses on Ash, who is forced to face his demons–personal and literal—after spending 30 years avoiding responsibility, maturity and the terrors of the Evil Dead when a Deadite plague threatens to destroy all of mankind. Raimi will direct the first episode of Ash vs. Evil Dead that he wrote with Ivan Raimi and Tom Spezialy. It’s expected to premiere sometime this year.
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