Following eight seasons on Arrow, Stephen Amell is now working towards putting on a different costume over at Starz.
Today, it was confirmed that Amell is set to appear in Heels, an eight-episode series set around the world of independent professional wrestling. Mike O’Malley (who you probably best known as Burt Hummel on Glee, or as the host of Guts back in the day) is set to be the showrunner. He held the role previously on another sports series in Survivor’s Remorse.
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Per the official synopsis for the series, Heels is “about 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 — one of them played by Amell — war over their late father’s legacy. In the ring, somebody must play the good guy and somebody must play their nemesis, the heel (Amell). But in the real world, those characters can be hard to live up to — or hard to leave behind.” Amell’s Jack Spade is the “charismatic villain, or heel, of the Duffy Wrestling Association (DWA). 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 a history within the world of professional wrestling, performing in a couple of broadcasts alongside his friend (and former Arrow guest star) Cody Rhodes. We do think that the gig makes sense for him — it’s a chance to both play to his roots but also shift to a network with a very different sort of content. Heels will almost certainly not be a family show, but for older fans of Arrow or those who love wrestling, it could be right up your alley. We do wonder about how something like this could do within a world that also includes GLOW, but it feels like the tone of the two shows will be very different.
New episodes of Arrow will premiere this fall on The CW. Through the final ten episodes, Oliver Queen’s legacy and future will be on the line leading up to the big Crisis On Infinite Earths crossover event.
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