Arrow’s Stephen Amell Leads Starz Wrestling Drama ‘Heels’
He may be hanging up his bow and arrow soon, but Stephen Amell still has some fight left in him, as it’s announced he will take the lead role in Starz new wrestling drama ‘Heels‘.
The drama follows the men and women who chase their dreams in the world of small-town pro wrestling. Set in a close-knit Georgia community, it follows a family-owned wrestling promotion as two brothers and rivals war over their late father’s legacy.
As I’m sure you’re aware if you’ve seen any pro-wrestling, in the ring, there is always a villain and a hero. Amell is set to play Jack Spade, the charismatic villain, or “heel”, of the Duffy Wrestling Association. In the real world, he’s its hard-working owner, a husband and father trying to make ends meet while fighting to realize his impossible dreams. He has the mind of an artist in the body of a warrior and a Steve Jobs-ian need for perfection – and for control. He says he’ll do whatever it takes to build the DWA into an empire. Will he go so far as to risk his marriage or his relationship with his brother?
Amell has, of course, spent the last 7 years playing Oliver Queen (aka The Green Arrow) on The CW series ‘Arrow’ which will come to an end in Early 2020. However, if you know anything about Stephen, you know he is a HUGE Pro Wrestling fan, and has even appeared in the ring himself at a number of events, so this new gig seems like a perfect fit.
‘Heels’ is written by Michael Waldron, the man who has recently been tapped to pen the pilot of Marvel’s much-anticipated ‘Loki’ series. Mike O’Malley (‘Survivor’s Remorse’, ‘Shameless US’) is set as showrunner and the series will be produced by Lionsgate TV in association with Paramount TV.
There is no news yet on when ‘Heels‘ will premiere on Starz in the US, and no UK broadcaster at the moment, but we’ll let you know when we hear more.
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