Arrow’s Stephen Amell to headline wrestling drama Heels

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Stephen Amell, the Green Arrow himself, will soon be trading in his superhero garb for something even more form-fitting: wrestling spandex. 

Deadline has reported that Amell, fresh off filming the final season of CW’s superhero drama Arrow, has signed on for the main role in upcoming Starz series Heels.

The show is a drama set in the wild world of independent professional wrestling, and has been in pre-production since 2017. With Amell officially signing on, the project has received a series greenlight and an eight-episode season order. 

Written by Michael Waldron, who has worked on comedies like Community and Rick and Morty as well as upcoming Disney+ series LokiHeels is about those brave people who chase their dreams in the realm of small-town wrestling. The show will follow a family-owned wrestling promotion crew, the Duffy Wrestling Association, in a small Georgia community as two rival brothers battle over their father’s legacy. Veteran character actor and writer Mike O’Malley, known for starring on early 2000s CBS sitcom Yes, Dear and executive producing four seasons of Starz series Survivor’s Remorse, has been brought on as showrunner.

Amell’s Jack Spade is the charismatic villain, or “heel,” of the DWA — the man the crowd just loves to hate. Outside of the ring, Spade is the DWA’s hard-working owner as well as a doting husband and father trying to make ends meet, all while doing everything he can to make his dreams a reality. 

Heels is a natural fit for Amell, who has flexed his wrestling muscles in the past and even competed in Celebrity American Ninja Warrior in 2017. A good friend of professional wrestler Cody Rhodes, Amell has wrestled in three professional events: WWE’s 2015 SummerSlam, Ring of Honor’s 2017 Survival of the Fittest, and Rhodes’ 2018 event All In. Amell apparently broke his hip during his last wrestling match at All In, though, so if you want to see him in the ring again, you’ll have to tune in to Starz when the show airs.

Check back with Looper for updates on Heels as more information becomes available.

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