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Stephen Amell to star in wrestling drama next for Starz

Stephen Amell has found his first post-Arrow acting gig.

The longtime CW star will topline a drama series at stars about small-town pro wrestling.

The project from Michael Waldron (Community) is titled Heels — the term for a wrestler who portrays a villain in the ring. Deadline first reported the news.

The official description: “Set in a close-knit Georgia community, Heels 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.”

Amell plays Jack, “the charismatic villain — or heel — of the Duffy Wrestling Association. 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?”

The actor is currently filming the eighth and final season for Arrow.

https://ew.com/tv/2019/08/19/stephen-amell-wrestling-heels-starz/
 

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‘Heels’: Kelli Berglund Joins Starz’s Wrestling Drama Series


EXCLUSIVE: Kelli Berglund (Now Apocalypse) is set as a lead opposite Stephen Amell, Alexander Ludwig and Alison Luff in Heels, Starz’s eight-episode hourlong drama set in the outrageous world of independent professional wrestling.


Written by Michael Waldron and directed by Peter Segal, with Mike O’Malley as showrunner, Heels is a story 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, Jack Spade (Amell) and Ace Spade (Ludwig), war over their late father’s legacy. In the ring, somebody must play the good guy (Ludwig) 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.


Berglund will play Crystal, a 20-year-old wrestler’s valet who yearns to transform this traditional role and compete as a wrestler. A rural-town girl of limited financial means, she’s an incredible athlete who just needs an opportunity to prove she belongs in the ring, and she’ll do whatever it takes to make that dream come true.


Heels is produced by Lionsgate TV in association with Paramount TV Studios. Along with Waldron, Segal and O’Malley, LBI Entertainment’s Julie Yorn, Chris Donnelly and Patrick Walmsley serve as executive producers.


Berglund most recently was seen as Carly Carlson in Starz’s praised comedy-of-age comedy series Now Apocalypse. She played a young Gwen Verdon in FX’s limited series Fosse/Verdon, and next will be seen in the upcoming Russo brothers’ drama feature Cherry, opposite Tom Holland and Bill Skarsgård, and in the 2020 Netflix feature comedy Hubie Halloween, opposite Adam Sandler, Paris Berelc, Julie Bowen and Steve Buscemi.


Berglund is repped by UTA, Industry Entertainment and Goodman Schenkman & Brecheen.


https://deadline.com/2020/01/heels-...stling-drama-series-stephen-amell-1202842743/
 

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Mary McCormack To Star In ‘Heels’ Wrestling Drama Series For Starz

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EXCLUSIVE: Mary McCormack has been tapped as a lead opposite Stephen Amell and Alexander Ludwig in Heels, Starz’s eight-episode hourlong drama set in the outrageous world of independent professional wrestling.

Written by Michael Waldron, with Mike O’Malley as showrunner, Heels is a story 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, Jack Spade (Amell) and Ace Spade (Ludwig), war over their late father’s legacy. In the ring, somebody must play the good guy (Ludwig) 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.

McCormack will play Willie, the business partner of Jack Spade (Amell) and logistical brains behind the local wrestling organization who came up in the glory days as Wild Bill’s (Chris Bauer) valet, but grew tired of babysitting and left him just as his career took off. His return to the local circuit complicates her life, as does the reflection of her younger self that she sees in Crystal (Kelli Berglund).

Heels is produced by Lionsgate TV in association with Paramount TV Studios. Along with Waldron and O’Malley, Peter Segal, LBI Entertainment’s Julie Yorn, Chris Donnelly and Patrick Walmsley serve as executive producers.

McCormack recently starred in the ABC comedy series The Kids are Alright. She will appear in the upcoming anthology series “Treehouse” and exec produces the syndicated game show 25 Words or Less, which has been renewed for a second season. McCormack is repped by CAA, Untitled and attorney Erik Hyman.

 

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Stephen Amell Sustains Back Injury on Set of Starz Wrestling Drama Heels

Stephen Amell is currently recuperating after injuring his back earlier this week while filming his Atlanta-based Starz wrestling drama Heels, TVLine has learned exclusively.

“While performing a stunt on the set of Heels this week, Stephen Amell sustained an injury to his back,” a rep for Starz confirms. “Following a medical evaluation, he is now resting and recovering at home in anticipation of his return to set. Production continues as Stephen recuperates.”

Amell was immediately assessed by the show’s on-set medic and stunt/wrestling coordinators following his injury, which occurred while executing a thoroughly rehearsed stunt. Heels is required to have a stunt coordinator, as well as a team including both stunt and wrestling trainers, to be on set while the actors engage in physical activities.

News of Amell’s injury come just days after the actor revealed that he recently battled COVID-19. On the latest episode of Michael Rosenbaum’s “Inside of You” podcast — which was recorded on Oct. 20, a full week before its release — Amell walked listeners through his experience of testing positive, quarantining and eventually being cleared to return to set.

“When it happened, when I got the positive test, for me it became, ‘Holy f–k! I just destroyed this show because I’m No. 1 on the call sheet and I work every day, more or less,” Amell said. “I’m in my head going, ‘S–t! They’re going to have to shut down the production. We’re not yet done with the first block of two episodes. Did I just ruin this?'”

Set in a close-knit Georgia community, Heels 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 (and just as hard to leave behind).

Heels stars Amell as Jack, the charismatic villain — or heel — of the Duffy Wrestling Association; Alexander Ludwig (Vikings) as Ace, Jack’s younger brother; Kelli Berglund (Now Apocalypse) as Crystal, a 20-year-old wrestler’s valet who yearns to compete as a wrestler herself; Alison Luff will as Staci, the reluctant young matriarch of a family-owned wrestling promotion; and Mary McCormack (In Plain Sight) as Willie, Jack’s business partner and the brains behind the local wrestling organization. Additional cast members include Chris Bauer (The Deuce), Allen Maldonado (black-ish) and NFL vet James Harrison Jr.

Prior to Heels, Amell spent eight seasons playing Oliver Queen on The CW’s Arrow, occasionally crossing over into other Arrowverse properties like The Flash, Supergirl and DC’s Legends of Tomorrow. Amell’s other small-screen credits include roles on ABC’s Private Practice, HBO’s Hung and The CW’s The Vampire Diaries.

 

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‘Heels’: David James Elliott & Joel Murray To Recur In Starz’s Wrestling Drama Series

EXCLUSIVE: Jag alum David James Elliott and Joel Murray (Mad Men) are set for recurring roles opposite Stephen Amell and Alexander Ludwig in Heels, Starz’s eight-episode hourlong drama set in the outrageous world of independent professional wrestling.

Written by Michael Waldron, with Mike O’Malley as showrunner, Heels is a story 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, Jack Spade (Amell) and Ace Spade (Ludwig), war over their late father’s legacy. In the ring, somebody must play the good guy (Ludwig) 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.

Elliott will play Tom Spade, a former wrestler and proprietor of the Duffy Wrestling League (DWL). He’s the father of Jack and Ace, husband to Carol, and a devoted entrepreneur who built a business that provided opportunities for countless aspiring wrestlers from all over the country.

Murray will portray Eddie Earl, a local proprietor and sponsor to the Duffy Wrestling League (DWL), and one of the most successful and determined men in town.

Heels is produced by Lionsgate TV in association with Paramount TV Studios. Along with Waldron and O’Malley, Peter Segal, LBI Entertainment’s Julie Yorn, Chris Donnelly and Patrick Walmsley serve as executive producers.

Elliott is known for his portrayal of Commander Harmon Rabb Jr during a 10-year run on legal drama Jag. He recently wrapped a lead alongside Harvey Keitel and Sam Worthington in Lansky, as well as a lead alongside Michael Shannon and Alexander Ludwig in the indie film Swing. He also worked on Spinning Out and can be seen in Doug Liman’s new series, Impulse.

Murray, a veteran of more than 250 sitcom episodes, has been a series regular on the comedies Grand, Pacific Station, Love and War, Dharma and Greg and Still Standing. He has also recurred on the series Mike and Molly, My Boys and Two and a Half Men. On the dramatic side, Murray played Freddy Rumsen on Mad Men as well as Eddie Jackson on Shameless.

 

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Stephen Amell and Alexander Ludwig Are Ready to Rumble in First Photos From Starz Wrestling Drama Heels
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Heels Showrunner Mike O'Malley Also Grapples With Villain Role in Starz Wrestling Drama — Get a First Look
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TV vet Mike O’Malley tackled double duty on Starz’s upcoming Heels, not only serving as the wrestling drama’s showrunner but also filling a villainous role, TVLine has learned exclusively.

Written by Michael Waldron (Rick and Morty) with O’Malley serving as showrunner, Heels follows a Georgia-based, family-owned wrestling promotion as brothers Jack and Ace Spade (played by Arrow‘s Stephen Amell and Vikings‘ Alexander Ludwig) war over their late father’s legacy.

TVLine can now report that O’Malley — whose previous producing credits include Survivor’s Remorse (which he created) and who is familiar from roles on Snowpiercer, The Good Place and Glee — will play Heels‘ Charlie Gully, the owner and impresario of the Florida Wrestling Dystopia (FWD), a new wrestling promotion that is more interested in violent spectacle than telling a compelling story. Having made his fortunes up north in the world of fishing and outdoor sporting equipment, Gully is now dead set on ushering in a new territory war, and as such quickly clashes with Jack Spade and the DWL (Duffy Wrestling League).

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Independent Wrestling Drama ‘Heels’ Sets Series Debut Date On Starz
By Bruce Haring

The independent wrestling world is the setting for the new Starz original drama series Heels, which released its official trailer and key art today.

The series premieres on Sunday, August 15 across all Starz platforms, including at 9 PM ET/PT on Starz in the US and Canada. It will air day and date internationally on the StarzPlay premium streaming platform across its complete footprint in Europe, Latin America, and Japan.


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