Arrow Star Stephen Amell is no stranger to the ring but now he’s lacing up his boots again this time for a New TV wrestling series. Stephen Amell has signed on for a lead role in the Starz show “Heels.” The TV show has been pitched for years but never received the green light until Amell got the part.
The show is set for an 8-episode straight to series season and takes place in the world of indy wrestling. Written by Michael Waldron (Community) and directed by Kyle Patrick Alvarez (The Stanford Prison Experiment), the story of the show will focus on two brothers who are also enemies. Amell will play the part of the heel who is battling with his brother inside a local Georgia independent wrestling company over their father’s legacy. His character is being described as “Steve Job-esque.”
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.
In the ring, 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?