‘Heels Teaser: Stephen Amell And Alexander Ludwig Are Pro Wrestling Bros In The Starz Network Series

Some of you may have heard of Arrow star Stephen Amell’s forays into professional wrestling. But if you haven’t actually seen him in action? Let me tell you, if he wanted to be a wrestler he’d be one of the greats, that’s how amazing he was in the ring. For a while I actually thought he’d quit acting and join All Elite Wrestling with his pal Cody Rhodes, but instead Amell is putting his in-ring skills to use on the Starz series, Heels, which looks absolutely incredible.

Now I have to subscribe to Starz, dammit.

The wrestling series stars Amell alongside Alexander Ludwig, playing small-town brothers attempting to make their dreams come true as professional wrestlers, with one as the “babyface” or good guy, and the other the “heel” or villain.

The cast also includes Alison Luff, Chris Bauer, Super Bowl champion James Harrison, Allen Maldonado, Kelli Berglund, Mary McCormack, David James Elliot, and Phil Brooks aka CM Punk as a wrestler known as Ricky Rabies.

Michael Waldron, known for his work on Loki, Rick & Morty, and Doctor Strange in the Multiverse of Madness, created the series.

Heels debuts on August 15th!

The drama series also stars Alison Luff as Staci Spade, Jack’s wife who learns that she has to contend with the emotional stakes her in-laws have invested in their wrestling goals and the demands it puts on her family; Mary McCormack as Willie Day, Jack’s business partner and the logistical brains behind the local wrestling organization; Kelli Berglund as Crystal Tyler, Ace’s valet, and love interest; Allen Maldonado as Rooster Robbins, one of the best wrestlers in the circuit who always has something to prove and always backs it up; two-time Super Bowl champion James Harrison as Apocalypse, a been-around-the-block journeyman wrestler who’s been at it for decades and has no illusions of fame or glory; and Chris Bauer as Wild Bill Hancock, a larger-than-life former wrestling star who is now a high-level pro wrestling scout.


Travis Hopson
Travis Hopson has been reviewing movies before he even knew there was such a thing. Having grown up on a combination of bad '80s movies, pro wrestling, comic books, and hip-hop, Travis is uniquely positioned to geek out on just about everything under the sun. A vampire who walks during the day and refuses to sleep, Travis is the co-creator and lead writer for Punch Drunk Critics. He is also a contributor to Good Morning Washington, WBAL Morning News, and WETA Around Town. In the five minutes a day he's not working, Travis is also a voice actor, podcaster, and Twitch gamer. Travis is a voting member of the Critics Choice Association (CCA), Washington DC Area Film Critics Association (WAFCA), and Late Night programmer for the Lakefront Film Festival.