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‘Arrow’ Star Stephen Amell to Lead Starz Wrestling Drama ‘Heels’

Eight-episode series follows ”the men and women who chase their dreams in the world of small town pro wrestling“

“Arrow” star Stephen Amell has lined up his next leading man gig: The longtime CW star has been cast on “Heels,” an upcoming wrestling drama at Starz, a spokesperson for the pay TV channel tells TheWrap.

The series has received an eight-episode order with Michael Waldron writing and Mike O’Malley set as showrunner.

“Heels” is an hourlong drama about “the men and women who chase their dreams in the world of small town pro wrestling,” according to Starz. “Set in a close-knit Georgia community, it follows a family-owned wrestling promotion as two brothers and rivals war over their late 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.”

Since 2012, Amell has played the title role of Oliver Queen/Green Arrow on The CW’s “Arrow,” which will end with its upcoming eighth season. On “Heels,” Amell — a lifelong pro-wrestling fan, who has made appearances for wrestling promotions like WWE, Ring of Honor, Bullet Club and The Elite — will take on the part of “heel” Jack Spade.

Here’s the character description:

“In the ring, 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?”

Along with Waldron and O’Malley, the show is executive produced by LBI Entertainment’s Julie Yorn, Chris Donnelly and Patrick Walmsley. The drama hails from Lionsgate Television and Paramount Television Studios.

Amell is repped by Tracey Brennan and Andrea Weintraub of CAA, Michael Garnett of Leverage, Kish Igbal of Gary Goddard Agency and Harris Hartman of Sloane, Offer, Weber, Dern.