Arrow fans, rejoice – Stephen Amell will be back on the small screen shortly after shooting his final arrow on The CW. Deadline confirmed this morning that Amell is set to star in a new wrestling drama for Starz, home of popular series such as Outlander and Power.
Titled Heels, the eight-episode series will follow “the men and women who chase their dreams in the world of small-town pro wrestling.” Amell will play Jack Spade, the show’s charismatic villain. He’s one of two brothers, warring over their family-owned wrestling promotion and father’s legacy. “In the ring, somebody must play the good guy and somebody must play their nemesis, the heel. But in the real world, those characters can be hard to live up to — or hard to leave behind.”
Heels will be written by Michael Waldron, who is set to write Disney+’s upcoming Loki series. Mike O’Malley will serve as showrunner. Shortly after the news broke, Amell seemingly tweeted to Cody Rhodes, a professional wrestler who has appeared on Arrow, an invitation to join the series.
— Stephen Amell (@StephenAmell) August 19, 2019
Stephen Amell has been playing Oliver Queen on The CW’s Arrow since it first premiered in 2012. Arrow kicked off the network’s impressive multi-series Arrowverse, which includes The Flash and Supergirl. The series is currently filming its eighth and final season, which is set to premiere on Tuesday, October 15.
Playing Oliver Queen has been the greatest professional experience of my life… but you can’t be a vigilante forever.
Arrow will return for a final run of 10 episodes this Fall.
There’s so much to say… for now I just want to say thank you.
— Stephen Amell (@StephenAmell) March 6, 2019
Having studied Media & Writing at James Madison University, I always knew that I wanted to do some type of creative writing, but being able to write about zombies, Starks, and superheroes on a daily basis for Fan Fest is my actual dream. While I probably shouldn’t be as proud as I am to be so similar to Nick Miller, I do hope to one day write my own “Pepperwood Chronicles’.