STARZ has announced that Ray Santiago (Touch, Meet the Fockers) will play the role of Pablo Simon Bolivar and Dana DeLorenzo (A Very Harold & Kumar 3D Christmas) will play Kelly Maxwell in the STARZ original series Ash vs Evil Dead. The series is the long-awaited follow-up to the cult classic horror The Evil Dead and is set to shoot on location in New Zealand this spring, then premiere on STARZ at the end of this year.
Pablo Simon Bolivar is an idealistic immigrant who becomes Ash’s loyal sidekick, described as 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.
Santiago has recurred on television shows including Bad Judge, Raising Hope, and Dexter. Additional film credits also include Suburban Gothic, Sex Ed, In Time, American Son and Girlfight among others.
DeLorenzo’s previous television credits include Sullivan & Son, Workaholics, 2 Broke Girls, Californication, Growing Up Fisher and Eagleheart among others.
Santiago and DeLorenzo join previously announced cast member Bruce Campbell (Ashley J. Williams).
The STARZ Original series Ash vs Evil Dead will be 10 half-hour episodes. 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.
Raimi will direct the first episode of Ash vs Evil Dead that he wrote with Ivan Raimi (Darkman, Army of Darkness, Drag Me to Hell) and Tom Spezialy (Chuck, Reaper, Desperate Housewives). Craig DiGregorio (Workaholics, Chuck) will serve as the writing showrunner and executive producer along with Raimi, Rob Tapert (Evil Dead, Spartacus, Xena: Warrior Princess) and Bruce Campbell (Evil Dead, Burn Notice). Ivan Raimi will co-executive produce and Aaron Lam (Spartacus) will serve as producer.