This is very exciting news for Evil Dead fans. Today, we have just been made aware that Ellen Sandweiss, who played Cheryl in the original 1981 film, will be coming back to guest appear in the second season of Ash vs. Evil Dead. IGN is reporting the following statement from their website.
“Ash’s sister makes a tiny little guest appearance, causes a little commotion,” Tapert said.
Campbell explains why Cheryl, who turned into a demon and then was killed by her brother in the original film, is coming back. Basically, it’s fan service. “Well, it’s all street cred,” Campbell said of the decision to tie the TV series in so deeply with the films. “It’s like fried pork rinds to the fans. Like, ‘Ah, that’s Cheryl! Shit! She’s back!’ I think it’ll freak them out, and that’s the idea… it’s gonna look really accurate [to the original film].”
The cast is led by Bruce Campbell (Evil Dead, “Burn Notice”) in the role of Ash Williams; Lucy Lawless (“Salem,” “Spartacus”) as Ruby Knowby, who now possesses the powerful Necronomicon; Ray Santiago (“Touch,” Meet the Fockers) as Pablo Simon Bolivar, Ash’s loyal sidekick dealing with the trauma he suffered in the cabin; and Dana DeLorenzo (A Very Harold & Kumar 3D Christmas) as Kelly Maxwell, who, grief-stricken after the death of her parents, plots revenge against The Evil Dead. Lee Majors (Do You Believe), Ted Raimi (“Xena: Warrior Princess,” Spider-Man), and Michelle Hurd (“Law & Order: SVU”) join the series this year as Brock Williams, Ash’s father; Chet Kaminski, Ash’s childhood best friend; and Linda, Ash’s high school love, respectively.
Sam Raimi serves as executive producer with Rob Tapert (Evil Dead, “Spartacus,” Xena: Warrior Princess”), Bruce Campbell (Evil Dead, “Burn Notice”), and Ivan Raimi (Drag Me to Hell, Spider-Man 3) along with Craig DiGregorio (“Workaholics,” “Chuck”), who serves as executive producer/showrunner. Aaron Lam (“Spartacus”) and Moira Grant (“Spartacus”) serve as producers.
Synopsis for season 2:
“The second season roars back into action with Ash leaving his beloved Jacksonville and returning to his hometown of Elk Grove. There, he confronts Ruby. The former enemies have to form an uneasy alliance as Elk Grove soon becomes the nucleus of evil.”
Are you excited now? Ash vs. Evil Dead returns in October on Starz.