With the final season of The CW’s Arrow heading to the network this fall, the show’s star has already found his next project. As first reported by Deadline, Stephen Amell will headline a new pro wrestling drama series on Starz called Heels.
The eight-episode series was written by Michael Waldron, who is currently working on the Disney+ series Loki. The series will focus on the lives of independent professional wrestlers hoping to make it big. It will follow a family-owned wrestling promotion Duffy Wrestling Association in Georgia. Amell will play one of two brothers Jack Spade and is cast as the heel in the promotion. Within the world of pro wrestling, “heel” is a term used to describe the bad guy.
Jack Spade will be stuck between playing a villain in front of a crowd while maintaining his family life. However, every wrestler dreams of making it big and Spade is dedicated to making his dreams come true.
Coincidentally, Amell himself is no stranger to the world of pro wrestling. He has taken part in a few angles, and even, a match for the WWE in 2015. More recently, his friendship with Cody Rhodes, the Vice President of the up and coming wrestling promotion All Elite Wrestling, has blossomed into a quasi-career in the sport.
Additionally, Amell took to Twitter to reach out to his friends in the wrestling business to make the series more authentic, perhaps. Which Cody Rhodes, of course, accepted.
— Stephen Amell (@StephenAmell) August 19, 2019
Mike O’Malley (Glee, The Good Place) will serve as showrunner for the series. This will be his return to Starz after previously creating the limited comedy series Survivor’s Remorse for the network.
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