“That’s what we wanted to dive into with Code 8; we wanted it to be a story that everybody could relate to and the sci-fi to blend into the background. Not only does Stephen play Oliver Queen on Arrow, but Robbie once played a teleporting hero on Tomorrow People and he currently portrays one-half of Firestorm on The Flash.

“We had a very, very tight window because I basically said, ‘Yes, I want to be involved, but you guys have me for basically five weeks. All rights reserved. Stephen Amell and Robbie Amell are aiming for a bullseye with their sci-fi film Code 8. “It’s tough, we’re pretty similar in look.

So why make their debut feature another story set in the same genre? Plus, look how happy they look! Entertainment Weekly is a registered trademark of Meredith Corporation All Rights Reserved. Lily James Cancels an Appearance Amid Controversy, Ashley Graham Strips Down for a Hot Mirror Selfie. They might be two of the most good-looking, talented, and beloved actors on TV right now. I don't know if this is true, but I assume they do. In 2012, Stephen's mother underwent chemotherapy to fight cancer.

“It was just a blast.

Click inside to watch the Love Is Blind stars’ appearance on Ellen…. If you're someone who can't get enough of them on The CW's Arrow, The Flash, and the now-canceled Tomorrow People, you might already know that they're first cousins, but now that Robbie is starring in the new movie The Duff , and Stephen's character, Oliver Queen, is going through quite the adventure, fans want to know all there is about these two family members. 2020 Bustle Digital Group. And although it’s been “a long time coming” to make and release Code 8, the cousins have enjoyed every step of the process because it finally gave them the chance to work together. “Steve and I spend a lot of time together but he’s been shooting in Vancouver for a long time, so getting to just hang out for five weeks, grab a beer, get family dinners, it was really nice,” Robbie adds. I’ve got no wiggle room.’ I had work commitments and then I had to go back to shooting Arrow. Do you love these cousins even more now? Justin Bieber is back on the Saturday Night Live stage! “People always ask me, ‘Why did you decide to do it this way?’” Stephen says before letting out a wry laugh. And the entire experience taught Stephen that “we are so lucky and we caught lightning in a bottle here.”, “To actually be able to make a movie with your cousin and with the director, who’s our buddy, and be able to shoot it in our hometown, there’s just so many things that could have gone wrong,” Stephen adds with a laugh.

“And we knew our budget restrictions were going to be real and we weren’t going to have $100 million or $200 million, but we wanted to make something that was cool and entertain people.”.

I’ve loved working on Arrow, but there’s also been a few times where I felt like I’ve represented the project but I wasn’t as in control or didn’t have certain says in things that ultimately, if things go well it reflects on me, and if they go poorly it reflects poorly on me even if I’m not necessarily in charge. Yeah, me too. “A lot of our fanbase is built on Arrow and The Flash, so we knew we wanted to make something that they could get behind. “I feel like we were really, really fortunate.”. They might be two of the most good-looking, talented, and beloved actors on TV right now.

Fighting to earn enough money as a day laborer, Connor is lured into a lucrative criminal world by Garrett (Stephen), who works for Lincoln City’s reigning drug lord, Marcus Sutcliffe (Greg Bryk). Garrett helps Connor sharpen his powers in order to execute a series of crimes on behalf of Sutcliffe, while a militarized police unit, led by Agent Park (Sung Kang) and Agent Davis (Aaron Abrams), hunts them down. These two just can't get enough hockey, whether it be in LA or Canada. Robbie and Stephen Amell also debated which of their superhero characters would win in a fight and discuss working together in the film Code 8. Robbie and his wife Italia Ricci recently celebrated becoming United States citizens!

“In both projects, the sci-fi is the entertainment part but ultimately you’re trying to find the grounded side of things and the relatable side of things,” he says. The Arrowverse actors (and cousins) have spent the last four years working on the passion project, which they first introduced to the world with a 2016 proof-of-concept short and an Indiegogo crowdfunding campaign seeking to raise $200,000 to make a full-length movie. With Stephen’s eight years as the star of Arrow and Robbie’s arc on Arrowverse spin-off The Flash, these two actors are no strangers to the world of gritty sci-fi superheroes. Entertainment Weekly may receive compensation for some links to products and services on this website. “I still have it somewhere, It’ll be worth something some day,” Robbie concluded. Connor Reed (Robbie), a power-enabled young man, is struggling to pay for his ailing mother’s (Kari Matchett) health treatment. Robbie agrees, adding that the chance to star in a movie together was also part of the appeal. Stephen is married to former America's Next Top Model contestant Cassandra Jean, while Robbie is engaged to Chasing Life star Italia Ricci. Joshua Blanchard/Getty Images Entertainment/Getty Images, Robbie Amell and Stephen Amell are related. What makes Stephen and Robbie, who are also both from Canada, so lovable is that they seem like two genuine men, who love their fans and their work. The 26-year-old entertainer was the musical... Joe Jonas is showing off his new face mask! Robbie Amell and his cousin Stephen Amell made a joint appearance on last night’s (March 9) episode of A Little Late With Lilly Singh, and revealed how they benefited from each other. We were the bosses.”.

An overwhelming amount of backers pledged more than $2.4 million, and now the Amells are gearing up for the limited theatrical and on-demand release of the film. Stephen Amell and Robbie Amell on making sci-fi film. “We knew that the Indiegogo campaign was a part of it,” Robbie says. You can find that in a lot of projects.”, As for how Code 8 compares to working in the Arrowverse, despite the Amells having more responsibility behind the camera, they actually found it to be less complicated. But instead of being billionaires or superheroes, these power-enabled people face discrimination and live in poverty, often resorting to crime. We wanted to give it a shot and make something that we would be proud of, something that people backing us would be proud of.”.

Before you say it, no it's not their winning smiles, dashing good looks, or their abs. We figured if we weren’t willing to take a bet on ourselves, then why should we expect anyone else to? Frankie Muniz and Wife Paige Price Reveal the Sex of Their... Why Chrishell Stause Is Holding Off On Dating After Justin... 17 Famous Couples You Forgot Used to Date. While Stephen says he “had no inclination as to what type of movie we were going to make” and that it was born out of the director’s idea for a script, Robbie explains that they did want to cater to their existing fanbases.

“We had a little easier time not having to fill 22 hours of television — we could really grab a story and try to tell it without a whole lot of filler,” Robbie says. Robbie also knows that fans of his short-lived sci-fi superpower series The Tomorrow People will notice “some similarities” to Code 8. But having control over a project was exactly what both actors wanted. “People aren’t lining up to offer us jobs, necessarily. Justin Bieber Performs New Songs 'Holy' & 'Lonely' on... Joe Jonas is Showing Off His New Nick Jonas Face Mask!

Stephen's Social Media Troubles. Code 8 opens Dec. 13 in select theaters and on VOD. Robbie Amell and his cousin Stephen Amell made a joint appearance on last night’s (March 9) episode of A Little Late With Lilly Singh, and revealed how they benefited from each other. In addition to being cousins, Robbie and Stephen have a lot in common. “Steve and I got to do Larry King, which is just an amazing thing to do together,” Robbie says, while Stephen adds that shooting the film was his favorite part. Kourtney Kardashian Is Looking So Hot in These Pics! Robbie admitted to host Lilly that he used his Stephen‘s actual ID to get into clubs when he was 15 years old: “We were at a family dinner and I was like, ‘do you have an ID?’ He’s seven years older than me. this link is to an external site that may or may not meet accessibility guidelines. So the idea of working on a project where it was me, it was [director] Jeff [Chan], it was Rob, and that was it. Of course, there is much more to these actors than their physical looks (which, yes, we all discuss from time to time). The 31-year-old singer took to his Instagram Story on... Justin Bieber is getting ready for his Saturday Night Live performance!

It’s a lot more work creating, starring in, and distributing a movie instead of just starring in one like Stephen and Robbie have done in the past. “That was part of the reason they wouldn’t let [our characters] talk to each other on The Flash, they were like, ‘It’s too weird. People know you’re related, you can’t talk to each other.’ Part of it was we just needed to create something for ourselves. And, if you're, wondering, yes, Robbie Amell and Stephen Amell are related — they're cousins! Ever since then, he has been an advocate for cancer prevention with help from his fans, friends, and family, including Robbie. Um, did anyone else break out in a sweat just now? Offers may be subject to change without notice. And, if you're, wondering, yes, Robbie Amell and Stephen Amell are related — they're cousins!

“There were definitely similarities, but Code 8 was definitely a little more grounded, straight line of storytelling.”. Justin & Hailey Bieber Step Out Ahead of His 'SNL'... Disney 'Beauty and the Beast' Parody 'Wear a Mask' Takes... John Fogerty Demands Donald Trump Stop Playing 'Fortunate... 'SNL' Mocks Dueling Trump/Biden Town Halls.

With that being said, Jeff’s background comes from doing short films for Call of Duty, the videogame, so we knew we wanted it to be action-oriented and sci-fi-oriented, but ultimately we wanted to make a cool character piece, kind of a crime drama.”, The inspiration for the story, setting, and tone for Code 8 came from films like Chronicle, District 9, and Heat, Robbie says.