Zoe Bell is about to take front and center of a few million LCD screens this February. And it’s about time. We have to admit we’ve been looking forward to this trailer (above) since we took a visit to the set of Crackle‘s new action thriller web series Angel of Death, which stars the New Zealand stuntwoman-actress (Bell) as Eve, a vengeful assassin out to “right the wrongs” of all those vicious cold-hearted hits. That’s all after a near-death wound to the head delivers visions of her past victims. Really? Well, thankfully comic mastermind Ed Brubaker, known for his gritty crime fiction (and a couple of Eisner Awards), wrote the series and will most likely keep it out of the ridiculous bin.
Bell, of course is the longtime stuntwoman for former Xena star Lucy Lawless, who co-stars as Bell’s weary neighbor Vera. Rounding out the cast are Doug Jones, Ted Raimi (brother of Spider-Man director Sam Raimi) and Jake Abel. Crackle went with director Paul Etheredge for the series, having helmed the Buried Alive web series for them late last year.
With buzz growing, this is Bell’s chance to step in the boots of a full-fledged badass female action star. She has the action side nailed—Grindhouse, Uma Thurman’s stuntwoman on Kill Bill—but now the acting spotilght is on her. From what we can tell, she’s turned her crazy-hot intensity on making sure she delivers.
“Eve is guiltless, heartless — emotionally sterile before she suffers the trauma that changes her,” Bell tells us. “She has to learn to co-exist with emotion” she adds, letting on that she has worked her character backstory well beyond what writer Ed Brubaker had written out.
Angel of Death is slated for a February 2009 debut, bowing on Crackle with a weekly release of ten episodes over ten weeks.