Like Katherine Heigl‘s hapless character in 27 Dresses, Zoe Bell (who just so happened to work as a stunt double on 27 Dresses) has always been the bride’s maid and never the bride.

The former gymnast and award-winning New Zealand stuntwoman has done a dizzying array of death-taunting acrobatics, beaten on bad guys, and broken vertebrae while standing in for leading ladies like Lucy Lawless, Sharon Stone, and Uma Thurman on TV series and major motion pictures, but never herself been the star. Until now.

In February 2009, Sony Pictures Entertainment’s Crackle will debut Angel of Death, an action-packed thriller about a remorseless assassin who, after a Crocodile Dundee knife to the skull, hallucinates, becomes haunted by her victims, and seeks revenge on her mob employers that ordered all the hits in the first place. Alongside co-stars Lucy Lawless, Doug Jones, and Ted Raimi, Bell plays the ass-kickin’ (literally and figuratively) lead:

The trailer dropped last week. Here’s a look:

Can awesomely bloody, realistic fights scenes and attractive, busty girls in tank-tops and low cut dresses carry a web series? I’d say yes, but in this case they don’t have to.

Produced by White Rock Lake, Angel of Death is directed by Paul Etheredge (who also worked on FEARnet’s web series Buried Alive) and created and written by Eisner Award-winning comic writer Ed Brubaker, who, according to one fan, “manipulates crime fiction like Stephen Hawking’s does time and space,” and has a writing style that’s “addictive and perfectly paced to keep you aching for more.”

If that endorsement, the creator’s resume, and the knife-in-head scene in the above doesn’t sell you, maybe seeing some of Bell’s previous work will:

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