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Did Bruce Campbell just hint that he might be returning to the Evil Dead franchise?

May 10th, 2023 by Marc Comments

Oh yesssssssssssssss…

So, I reported last week, below, how the latest movie in the series, Evil Dead Rise, has a cameo by the great Bruce Campbell and it may even, although it’s off-screen, be Campbell in the iconic role of Ash Williams from the previous four Evil Dead movies and that this inclusion has much bigger implications for the future of the franchise.

The director of the new movie, Ireland’s own Lee Cronin, has addressed the cameo and if it is important: “There is a Bruce Campbell cameo, and that cameo potentially is actually Ash Williams,” the filmmaker says.

Bruce Campbell says an animated Evil Dead movie could happen and might we even see him back in live-action as Ash?

“Think about how time works for Ash as a character, and that voice that you may hear is captured on something that was recorded 100 years ago. And the fact that his particular line is a warning showcases somebody that knows more than the other people in the room… I know that sounds very cryptic, but it’s supposed to.”

Cronin explained that with there being three direct storylines in the Evil Dead universe – the original trilogy and Ash Vs Evil Dead TV series, Fede Alvarez’s 2013 remake (which is superb) and now Cronin’s Evil Dead Rise and all three have their own anti-heroes in the form of Campbell, Jane Levy’s Mia in the 2013 movie and now Lily Sullivan’s Beth and Cronin, when talking about bringing them all together, commented: “I wouldn’t be shocked if something like that came together…”

Evil Dead Rise cameo may have pathed the way for Bruce Campbell to return as Ash Williams…

Now, the crux of this whole thing is that Campbell, who has played Ash since the 1981 original, retired from playing the character last year (here), however, he recently hinted that he might come back providing original director Sam Raimi was helming – you can read all the details in the link above.

And that was where we were until now.

Taking to social media and replying to a post that basically said the new movies were fine but they really miss Ash Williams, the actor wrote critically: “I’m startin’ to miss him too, just a little bit…”

Now, look, yeah, this is a vague comment but given that Evil Dead Rise is a  big hit and the plan now seems to be to release a new Evil Dead movie every couple of years rather than decades apart, I’d put money on it that Campbell is hinting that he’s set to return to the Evil Dead universe… and, honestly, I’d buy a ticket now for that movie.

What say you all? Is Campbell missing the series enough that he’s prepared to come back and show these youngsters how it’s done? Let me know in all the usual ways!

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Marc is a self-confessed nerd. Ever since seeing Star Wars for the first time around 1979 he’s been an unapologetic fan of the Wars and still believes, with Clone Wars and now Underworld, we are yet to see the best Star Wars. He’s a dad of two who now doesn’t have the time (or money) to collect the amount of toys, comics, movies and books he once did, much to the relief of his long-suffering wife. In the real world he’s a graphic designer. He started Following the Nerd because he was tired of searching a million sites every day for all the best news that he loves and decided to create one place where you can go to get the whole lot. Secretly he longs to be sitting in the cockpit of his YT-1300 Corellian Transport ship with his co-pilot Chewie, roaming the universe, waiting for his next big adventure, but feels just at home watching cartoons with his kids….