Peter Segal (50 First Dates, Get Smart, My Spy) is set to direct Stephen Amell in the upcoming Starz wrestling series Heels. The story for the show is set in a small Georgia community, and “it follows a family-owned wrestling league as the two brothers and rivals war over their late father’s legacy.”
Here’s a more detailed description of the story that was previously shared:
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 — 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.
In the ring, Amell’s Jack Spade is 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 eight-episode series is being produced by Lionsgate Television in association with Paramount Television Studios, and it’s being written by Michael Waldron (Loki) and Mike O’Malley, who also serve as showrunner. Vikings star Alexander Ludwig also stars in the series
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