Stephen Amell to headline wrestling TV series after Arrow

The Emerald Archer himself, Stephen Amell, will be stepping between the ropes to star in a new pro wrestling drama after his time on Arrow comes to an end.

For almost eight years, Stephen Amell has been saving the people of Star City on The CW’s Arrow. Portraying Oliver Queen/Green Arrow, he led the charge for a new era of superhero television and, due to his convincing performance, became one of the most popular superheroes today.

However, after eight seasons, 170 episodes and countless memories, Amell will take down his hood and hang up his bow and arrow once and for all as Arrow will officially come to an end following the conclusion of its eighth season.

Undoubtedly the end of an era, the announcement of Arrow‘s impending swan song left fans wondering what the cast, particularly Amell, would move onto next. Well, it appears that we have our answer.

As revealed by TVLine, Amell is set to headline Starz’ 8-episode pro wrestling TV series Heels. The series focuses on small town pro wrestling and the characters within who attempt to follow their dreams in the organization. The official synopsis reads:

Set in a close-knit Georgia community, it follows a family-owned wrestling promotion as two brothers and rivals — one of them played by Amell — war over their late father’s legacy. In the ring, somebody must play the good guy 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.

Amell will portray the villain/heel Jack Spade of Duffy Wrestling Association. However, outside of the ring, he’s the organization’s owner, as well as a husband and father attempting to make things work as he fights (literally) to achieve his dreams. He is also described as having the mind of an artist and the body of a warrior, as well as a Steve Jobs-like need for perfection.

Of course, fans will know that Amell is no stranger to wrestling, as he made his in-ring debut in a Tag Team match at WWE SummerSlam 2015, where he teamed with Neville to take on the team of Cody Rhodes/Stardust and King Barrett – the former of whom he engaged in a brief rivalry with.

Amell would then appear in another tag team match for Ring of Honor’s Survival of the Fittest, teaming with Rhodes this time (alongside Kenny Omega and The Young Bucks), before competing in his first ever singles match against Christopher Daniels at Rhodes’ independent event All In. Rhodes himself would also go on to appear in a few episodes of Arrow as Derek Sampson.

Heels is set to be written by Michael Waldron (who is also writing the pilot for Loki) and will be helmed by Mike O’Malley. It will also be produced by Lionsgate Television for Starz.

Are you glad to hear that Stephen Amell will be joining another TV series after Arrow comes to an end? What are you most looking forward to about Heels? Let us know in the comments below.