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Pro Wrestling drama Heels gets Starzplay screening date, Arrow star moves from hero to villain

A wrestling ring in a small town street promoting TV show Heels

Pro wrestling drama Heels, starring Stephen Amell, will debut worldwide on streaming service Starzplay August 15.

Written and created by Executive Producer Michael Waldron (Loki, and upcoming MCU blockbuster Doctor Strange in the Multiverse of Madness), with Executive Producer Mike O’Malley (Shameless) as showrunner, the series stars Stephen Amell (Arrow) as Jack Spade, with Alexander Ludwig (Vikings) playing his younger brother, Ace. 

Peter Segal (Shameless), who directs several episodes, also serves as Executive Producer.

The eight-episode hour-long Starzplay series is set in a close-knit Georgia community, and follows a family-owned wrestling promotion in which two brothers and rivals war over their late father’s legacy. In the squared circle, the heel is the bad guy, and the face is the hero, but outside the ring it seems those characters are hard to live up to or difficult to leave behind… 

Amell plays the heel in the ring, but outside he’s a hard working father. This is the star’s first lead role post Arrow.

The eight-episode series is set in a close-knit Georgia community, and follows a family-owned wrestling promotion…

The original drama also features Alison Luff as Staci Spade, Jack’s wife who wrestles with the demands the business puts on her family, and Mary McCormack as Willie Day, Jack’s business partner and the brains behind the local wrestling organisation.

Kelli Berglund plays Crystal Tyler, Ace’s valet and love interest; Allen Maldonado is Rooster Robbins, one of the best wrestlers in the circuit who always has something to prove ; two-time Super Bowl champion James Harrison as Apocalypse, a jaded journeyman wrestler who’s been at it for decades and has no illusions of fame or glory; and Chris Bauer as Wild Bill Hancock, former wrestling star who is now a pro wrestling scout.

Star Amell is no stranger to wrestling fans, having made several appearances with the WWE while promoting his DC superhero show. 

Along with Waldron, O’Malley and Segal, LBI Entertainment’s Julie Yorn (The Dirt), Christopher Donnelly and Patrick Walmsley also serve as Executive Producers. Heels is produced by Lionsgate TV for Starz in association with Paramount Television Studios.

Starzplay is available on Amazon Fire TV, games consoles and smart TV apps. 

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