Published on August 4th, 2021 | by Darren Paltrowitz0
Michael Waldron & Mike O’Malley On The New Starz Series “Heelz,” Composer Jeff Cardoni & More
As set in a close-knit Georgia community, Heels is a new Starz series starring Stephen Amell (Arrow) as Jack Spade and Alexander Ludwig (The Hunger Games) as his younger brother Ace. The show follows a family-owned wrestling promotion business and the rivalry between 2 brothers who 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 — and leave behind.
Heels, which consists of 8 hour-long episodes, was written and created by Executive Producer Michael Waldron (Loki, and the upcoming Doctor Strange In The Multiverse Of Madness) with Executive Producer Mike O’Malley (Shameless, Survivor’s Remorse) as showrunner. Peter Segal (Get Smart, 50 First Dates, Tommy Boy), who directed several episodes of Heels, also served as its Executive Producer. 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 logistrical 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 yet always has something to prove), 2-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 pro wrestling scout).