Stephen Amell is set to be the star of an upcoming wrestling-themed drama TV show called Heels.
The actor, who plays Oliver Queen in popular DC show Arrow, has signed on to headline the show which is set in the world of independent professional wrestling, according to Deadline. And, having secured Amell, the showrunners have been greenlit for an eight-episode series by Starz.
Amell is a huge wrestling fan and actually got involved in a WWE storyline on a 2015 episode of Monday Night Raw that led to a match at SummerSlam that same year. He also appeared at Cody Rhodes and The Young Bucks' All In last year and is close friends with Rhodes.
Amell was in need of a new project, with Arrow filming its eighth and final season, and will now look towards spearheading Heels.
Deadline describes the show as: "Written by Michael Waldron (Loki), with Mike O’Malley set as showrunner, 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?"