There are few series on the horizon that have captured our attention (with one hand) more than the upcoming debut of Starz’s Ash Vs. Evil Dead, the first time Bruce Campbell’s iconic horror hero Ash will hit the small screen. And he won’t be busting Deadites’ heads alone, either, as Touch’s Ray Santiago and The Impression Guys’ Dana DeLorenzo have been added as Campbell’s two co-leads.
Thankfully, we get to find out a little bit more about these supporting characters than just their names. According to
Santiago, seen above with Kiefer Sutherland peering over his shoulder, will star as Pablo Simon Bolivar, an exquisitely named immigrant who becomes Ash’s devoted and starry-eyed second banana. (Yes, he’s actually called the “Sancho Panza to Ash’s Don Quixote.”) He’s the always optimistic muse for Ash to keep believing in himself, even when things are looking their worst. Their relationship was previously referred to as a “male bonding” one, so it’ll be interesting to see whether Ash treats Pablo with respect or with petulance.
Meanwhile, DeLorenzo will play Kelly Maxwell, a party girl whose past is always there to haunt her. She gets unwillingly thrust into Ash’s battle against Evil, but soon finds that the virtuous trio feels like a family. Albeit a strange one.
Ash Vs. Evil Dead will center on Campbell’s chainsaw-handed, big box store employee Ash, who has spent the last three decades trying to avoid his responsibility as the world’s most awesome monster slayer. When the Deadites return to take down humanity once and for all, Ash teams up with his younger cohorts and prepares for the fight of the century. It’s going to be incredible, especially since franchise creator Sam Raimi will be on board as writer and director of at least the first episode.
Santiago, who had recurring “Javier” roles on both Raising Hope and Dexter, was last seen on the small screen in episodes of Bad Judge and NCIS: Los Angeles. He also stars in Richard Bates Jr.’s recent comedy horror Suburban Gothic and in Isaac Feder’s rom-com Sex Ed. DeLorenzo, who recurred as “Beth” on The Late Late Show with Craig Ferguson, can be seen later this year in Aniruddh Pandit’s comedy drama The Mad Ones.
Ash Vs. Evil Dead is set to begin filming this spring in New Zealand, with plans for a debut on Starz later this year.