Lucy Lawless was on hand at the Television Critics Association’s semi-annual press tour to promote her new show ‘Ash Vs. Evil Dead’ coming to STARZ this fall. The 10-episode series revisits the cult favorite world of the ‘Evil Dead’ movies, with Bruce Campbell returning in the title role. To the right, you can see the first photo of Lawless from the series, which premiers on Halloween night, October 31st.
‘Ash Vs. Evil Dead’ will be executive produced by Sam Raimi, Rob Tapert and Campbell, who were all behind the original films, along with Craig DiGregorio, who is acting as showrunner. Raimi directed and co-wrote the first episode with Ivan Raimi and Tom Spezialy.
Lawless’ Ruby plays a woman convinced that Ash is responsible for the new Deadite plague. Along with Campbell, the cast includes Ray Santiago as Pablo, Ash’s loyal sidekick, Dana DeLorenzo as Kelly, a “moody wild child,” Mimi Rogers as her mother and Jill Marie Jones as Amanda Fisher, a disgraced Michigan State Trooper who seeks to connect Ash to her partner’s murder.
While promoting the new series, Lawless was of course asked about recent buzz of a reboot of her classic series ‘Xena: Warrior Princess’ which was also created by Raimi and Tapert, who happens to be Lawless’ husband. Rumors surfaced that the creators were working with NBC on a revival, but those were quickly shot down and unfortunately, Lawless reinforced that, stating:
“If there’s anything current going on, we’re not involved — we being me, Rob, Sam. But they could be doing it without us, they have the right to, don’t they? But we are not. I’d love to see it happen and I know that NBC wants to do it, but they’re just trying to find a way and a time.”
Lawless of course would like to do some sort of reunion, but in a more limited fashion:
“I would love to do a reboot getting Xena, Gabrielle [Renee O’Connor], Autolycus [Bruce Campbell] and Jox [Ted Raimi] back together, get that crew back together to solve some ridiculous problem. I’d love to do a TV movie or a movie, a limited thing.”
“I really couldn’t live that life [of a regular action series star]. I look back, I’ve got all sort of wear and tear from that lifestyle. That’s just what happens to human bodies when they get used a certain way a lot. I actually couldn’t do it. I’m 47, but there’s somebody great out there.”
To what does Lawless attribute the success of ‘Xena’ and its endearing appeal?
“I think that the friendship is what people want. Whenever they reboot it, they have to get two women who really like and respect [each other] and have a strong chemistry to carry that mantle.”
For fans hungry to see Xena and Gabrielle together again, there was a mini-reunion just a few days ago between Lawless and O’Connor, which Lawless posted on her Instagram account:
There’s definitely something in the air! If the time were right for a ‘Xena’ return, that time is now and Lawless seems welcoming to the idea of passing the bladed discus to a new Warrior Princess.
What sort of reunion would you like to see? The original cast in one final battle? Or an all new cast for a modern generation?