Bruce Campbell would Reprise Evil Dead Role

by | Mar 17, 2023

If you’ve been keeping close to the press junket of Evil Dead Rise leading up to it’s release on 21st April 2023, you’ll know that Director creator Sam Raimi has been chatting about his wishes to continue the original franchise and brining Bruce Campbell back to play Ash Williams. Now, Campbell has weighed in and said that he would come back, but under one specific condition. 

“I don’t want to be Ash, tended to by other people. “

The new film features a brand new Book of the Dead, one of the three Naturom Demonto books, which unleashes a new wave of demons into a Los Angeles high rise. The original tribology and TV show featured (retroactively of course) another of these books. Fangoria recently chatted with Raimi, Campbell and producer Rob Tapert about the third book. Raimi said

“We think the third one may have wound up in Fede’s film… I’m not sure. Rob, what’s Fede’s take on it? Is it simply a remake of the first Evil Dead’s story?”

Tapert responds

“In Fede’s mind, if you ask him, he did a remake, even though there’s an incongruity in there of the replica of the Delta 88 covered in leaves at that cabin. So it’s a bit confusing. But what we want to do is bring back Bruce and Jane Levy and tie it in with this movie and have the beginning of the ultimate showdown. But Bruce is standing in the way.”

To which Campbell replied

“These guys don’t scare me! I worked on Xena, so nothing scares me. If Sam says, ‘I, Sam Raimi, will direct another Evil Dead movie,’ then I, Bruce Campbell, will consider being in it. I don’t want to be Ash, tended to by other people. Sam’s the meanest director I’ve ever worked with, and Ash needs a little bit of that to shine. And I think Sam’s the only director now who I won’t punch in the face making an Evil Dead movie! I’m just saying, I’ve called Rob and Sam out, I’m not the coward that they think I am; I just want the right circumstances. Because Sam, even though he’s done studio movies, he’s still a good director! So, I want Sam! I’ll do it for Sam.”

There’s certainly nothing set in stone, but what we are witness to here is the foundations of the next step in the world of The Evil Dead. And it looks like Ash Willaims will be around to kick some major Deadite butt. 



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