The book opens again…

Now that filming for the Starz series Ash vs. the Evil Dead is underway in New Zealand, I imagine we’re going to start getting more and more looks at the much-anticipated series. This picture we have isn’t much, but then again, the Necronomicon is a hugely iconic aspect of the series…

Director Michael J. Bassett posted a photo of himself posing with the dread book on Instagram. There’s some weird lighting going on (I advise turning up the brightness), but you can definitely make out the twisted face on the book.

Prep is over, it is time to open….The Necronomicon. #AshVsEvilDead

A photo posted by Michael Bassett (@michaeljbassett) on


Here’s the official synopsis and cast breakdown:

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.

The cast is led by Bruce Campbell (Evil Dead, “Burn Notice”) in the role of Ash Williams, Lucy Lawless (“Salem,” “Spartacus”) as Ruby a mysterious figure who believes Ash is the cause of the Evil outbreaks, Ray Santiago (“Touch,” Meet the Fockers) as Pablo Simon Bolivar, an idealistic immigrant who becomes Ash’s loyal sidekick, Dana DeLorenzo (A Very Harold & Kumar 3D Christmas) as Kelly Maxwell, a moody wild child trying to outrun her past and Jill Marie Jones (“Sleepy Hollow”) as Amanda Fisher, a disgraced Michigan State Trooper set to find our anti-hero Ash and prove his responsibility in the grisly murder of her partner.

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