Premium network Starz announced it has cast actress Jill Marie Jones (Sleepy Hollow) as Amanda Fisher in its upcoming original comedy series Ash vs. Evil Dead.
The series, which will premiere late this year, is much anticipated by fans of the 1979 cult classic The Evil Dead, directed by Sam Raimi -- particularly since Raimi and others involved in the original film are returning for the Starz reboot.
Raimi is directing the pilot episode and will executive produce the series. Actor Bruce Campbell (Burn Notice) is reprising his role of Ash (Ashley J. Williams), the lone surviving character from the original film. In the Starz series, which will consist of 10 half-hour episodes, Ash is reluctantly recruited to combat a "Deadite plague" when disgraced Michigan State Trooper Amanda Fisher shows up following the grisly murder of her partner.
Jones is best known for playing Toni Childs in the CW series Girlfriends; she also has appeared in American Horror Story. Jones's feature film credits include 35 and Ticking, The Perfect Holiday, Major Movie Star and Meeting Spencer among others. Previously announced cast members, in addition to Campbell, include Ray Santiago as Pablo Simon Bolivar and Dana DeLorenzo as Kelly Maxwell.