Stephen Amell shows off his entrance attire in a new image from Heels, an upcoming wrestling drama series, set to premiere on Starz in August.
Stephen Amell shows off his wrestling gear in a new image from the upcoming drama Heels. Created by Ricky and Morty writer Michael Waldron, with Mike O’Malley serving as showrunner, Heels is set to premiere on Starz in August. The drama unfolds in a close-knit Georgia community and places the men and women of small-town professional wrestling at its center. In particular, the series focuses on a family-owned wrestling promotion and the two brothers (played by Amell and Vikings star Alexander Ludwig) who battle over their late father’s legacy.
In addition to Ludwig and Amell, Heels boasts an impressive line-up of supporting actors. The cast includes Chris Bauer (True Blood), Alison Luff (New Amsterdam), Mary McCormack (The West Wing), Kelli Berglund (Now Apocalypse), Allen Maldonado (Black-ish), and JAG’s David James Elliott in the role of Amell and Ludwig’s father. But perhaps the biggest draw of the show, for many fans, is seeing Amell trade his Arrow costume for an attire that befits the squared circle. While the Heels teaser trailer didn’t reveal too much of what that will look like, we’re now getting our first look at the actor’s wrestling gear.
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As part of EW’s preview of the new television series and new seasons that will be released in summer 2021, a new photo from Heels was unveiled. It shows Amell’s character, Jack Spade, confidently walking down to the ring with championship in hand. It also offers a full view of Amell’s entrance attire. You can check it out below.
The attire is somewhat similar to what WWE wrestlers like AJ Styles and Ricochet have worn. It is likewise similar to what Amell himself has worn in the past, hearkening back to Amell’s entrance wear when he wrestled Christopher Daniels at the All In event in 2018. Still, there are some key differences that make the look unique to Heels. And it’s obvious that, even though Spade might wrestle in front of a small-town crowd, the character still shows up like he’s signed to the big leagues.
That dynamic – difference between Amell’s mindset and reality – should be interesting for the series to explore. As indicated by O’Malley, the drama stems from the distance between a regular job and living the dream. Even though wrestling has the reputation of being a niche interest, for the benefit of a somewhat small audience, it nonetheless has the ability to tap into shared experiences through simple but undeniably effective stories. When it airs its first episode, in a matter of months, Heels will get a chance to demonstrate this ability.
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