The official trailer has arrived for upcoming series Heels, starring Stephen Amell (Arrow) and Alexander Ludwig (Vikings) as two small-town pro-wrestling brothers.
The series comes from creator Michael Waldron, who is also behind Disney+’s high-profile Marvel series Loki, and tells the story of a family-owned wrestling promotion in a small town in Georgia. Amell and Ludwig play Jack and Ace Spade, two brothers and rivals warring over their late father’s legacy.
Amell may have found himself another hit series here – and one firmly relating to the actor’s longtime passion that is wrestling. The trailer bodes well, teasing what could be a solid balance of family drama and another potentially engrossing look at the world of wrestling following recent depictions in shows such as GLOW and Young Rock.
Heels, also starring Alison Luff, Chris Bauer, Allen Maldonado, James Harrison, Kelli Berglund, Mary McCormack and David James Elliott, will have its Australian premiere on Stan on August 15th, the same day it has its US premiere on Starz.
Here’s the extended rundown and synopsis for Heels, as shared by Stan:
Written and created by Executive Producer Michael Waldron (Loki, the upcoming Doctor Strange in the Multiverse of Madness) with Executive Producer Mike O’Malley (Shameless, Survivor’s Remorse) as showrunner, Heels stars Stephen Amell (Arrow) as Jack Spade, with Alexander Ludwig (The Hunger Games, Vikings) playing his younger brother, Ace. Peter Segal (Get Smart, 50 First Dates, Tommy Boy, Shameless), who directs several episodes, also serves as executive producer.
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 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.
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 organisation; 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.
Along with Waldron, O’Malley and Segal, LBI Entertainment’s Julie Yorn (Hell or High Water, White Boy Rick, The Dirt), Christopher Donnelly and Patrick Walmsley will also serve as executive producers. Heels is produced by Lionsgate TV for STARZ in association with Paramount Television Studios and is distributed internationally by Lionsgate.