We’re only one week away from the return of Arrow, so we think Stephen Amell fans can handle this news: We’ve fast-forwarded through the Hallmark Channel original movie When Calls the Heart premiering Oct. 19, and he does not appear to be shirtless in it. At all. There is some nice oatmeal-colored Henley action when his character, Royal Canadian Mountie Wynn Delaney, startles the new school teacher (Maggie Grace) by delivering firewood. But that’s as close as you’ll get.
The movie, based on Janette Oke’s Canadian West book series, is a prequel of sorts to a Hallmark original series debuting in January. In the film, a wealthy young woman receives a teaching assignment in a small 19th century coal town. As she decides whether to accept it, and then makes the journey there accompanied by a handsome young Mountie, she finds courage in the secret diary of her late aunt (Grace), who also had a teaching post in the western frontier –and, of course, a similar love interest.