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Stephen Amell's First Post-Arrow Role is a Pro-Wrestling Drama

Stephen Amell is moving on from the Arrowverse.

Deadline reports the Arrow star has joined Heels, Starz's drama about independent professional wrestling. Amell will play Jack Spade, "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?"

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Following Amell's casting, the project is moving forward with an eight-episode first season. According to the series description,

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 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.

During an appearance at last weekend's Fan Expo Boston 2019, Amell revealed he had closed on a new role, though he did not reveal exactly what that new role would be. "I've recently closed on a new project that I'm really excited about, that I am not allowed to talk about. It's on TV. I thought that the news was going to break last night, and I was kind of excited to talk about it today," he teased at the time. Considering he has long been interested in wrestling, going so far as to face Stardust on WWE Raw in 2015, it's no wonder he was so excited about this new opportunity.

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Written by Loki showrunner Michael Waldron, Starz's Heels stars Stephen Amell. The series does not yet have a  release date.

Returning Tuesday, Oct. 15 at 9 p.m. ET/PT on The CW, Arrow stars Stephen Amell as Oliver Queen, David Ramsey as John Diggle, Rick Gonzalez as Wild Dog, Juliana Harkavy as Black Canary, Katie Cassidy as Black Siren, Katherine McNamara as Mia Smoak, Joseph David-Jones as Connor Hawke and Ben Lewis as William Clayton-Queen.

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