Stephen Amell might have shelved his bow and quiver, having retired from his Star Metropolis vigilantism on The CW’s Arrow this previous January, however there’s loads of hard-hitting small display violence in his future when he headlines Starz’s skilled wrestling sequence, Heels. Certainly, updates from the star—together with casting information—appear to point that stated sequence is lastly shifting issues alongside.
With Amell set to star as struggling wrestling promoter Jack Spade (Amell), who doubles as an in-ring competitor, he clearly wants to take care of his famously spectacular Arrow physical conditioning for the brand new sequence. But, the ever-present menace of the pandemic resulted in a prolonged stasis for the undertaking, which Starz initially ordered to sequence again in August 2019—properly earlier than Arrow wrapped. Nonetheless, the previous few days have yielded welcome indicators of life for Heels, beginning with a tweet from Amell teasing Day 1 on the plot-pertinent “Heels Gymnasium” for the Georgia-set manufacturing.
Whereas Amell hasn’t particularly indicated what’s taking place within the fitness center, it’s abundantly clear that he’s getting again to the Arrow-esque grind for Heels as we converse; a notion additional evidenced by in the present day’s tweeted replace from Day three on the “Heelsnasium,” exhibiting himself exhausted, taking a breather after what needed to be a grueling exercise within the ring, given his recognized conditioning. But, ring work is a transparent labor of affection for Amell, seeing as he’s made headlines lately concerning his involvement within the wrestling world, notably with a hyped feud within the WWE that led to his participation in a tag-team match in 2015’s SummerSlam occasion, a 2017 look for Ring of Honor, together with a singles match (towards Christopher Daniels,) in September 2018’s independent-cross-promoted mega-event, All In.
In one other main signal of life, Heels simply made a serious addition to its ensemble, having forged Mary McCormack (The Children Are Alright, In Plain Sight) for the main-cast function of Willie, which Variety describes as “the enterprise associate of Jack Spade (Amell) and logistical brains behind the native wrestling group who got here up within the glory days as Wild Invoice’s (Chris Bauer) valet, however grew uninterested in babysitting and left him simply as his profession took off.” McCormack’s character enters a dynamic already inhabited by Ace (Alexander Ludwig), who, as Jack’s youthful brother and fellow wrestler, will bookend some severe sibling rivalry over the legacy of their late father’s small-town Georgia wrestling promotion, each within the ring and behind the scenes. They’re additionally joined by forged members Alison Luff and Kelli Berglund.