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Stephen Amell to star in pro wrestling drama series 'Heels'


Stephen Amell's next acting role will be professional wrestling themed.

Deadline first reported today that Amell will star in the pro wrestling drama series "Heels." The show will air on Starz and has been given an eight-episode order. Each episode will be an hour long.

Deadline notes that the show "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 plays Jack Spade on the show. The character is described as "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?"

Mike O'Malley is the showrunner of "Heels." It's being written by Michael Waldron.

Amell tweeted to Cody Rhodes about the series: "Hey @CodyRhodes -- wanna come and help me make a tv show?"

Cody then responded: "Congratulations!..and yea, of course"

Amell currently stars in "Arrow." Its final season will premiere on October 15.

Amell made his in-ring debut by teaming with Neville against Cody (as Stardust) & Wade Barrett at SummerSlam 2015. Amell, Cody, The Young Bucks & Kenny Omega faced Christopher Daniels, Frankie Kazarian, Scorpio Sky & Flip Gordon at an ROH show in 2017.

At All In last September, Amell had his first singles match. He faced Daniels at the event.