TV veteran Lucy Lawless is bringing her butt-kicking skills to Starz: The actress will play a lead role in upcoming horror-comedy series "Ash vs Evil Dead."

The show is a follow-up to the classic film series "The Evil Dead," and is shepherded by original director Sam Raimi, original star Bruce Campbell, and original producer Rob Tapert. Lawless is set to star as Ruby, described in the official press release as "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 (Bruce Campbell) is the cause of it all."

Lawless previously collaborated with Raimi and Tapert -- who are executive producing "Ash" alongside Campbell -- on fantasy series "Xena: Warrior Princess" (on which Campbell also cameoed) and "Spartacus," which also aired on Starz. She also made a memorable recent turn on NBC sitcom "Parks and Recreation."

The official "Ash" synopsis, per the press release:

Bruce Campbell will be reprising his role as Ash, the stock boy, aging lothario and chainsaw-handed monster hunter who has spent the last 30 years 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.

Ray Santiago, Dana DeLorenzo, and Jill Marie Jones also star. The series is expected to debut in late 2015.

[via: TV by the Numbers]

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