In a Ted Lasso-like move almost no one saw coming, Hollywood may be coming to a small corner of British football – ‘soccer’, if you’re actually from Hollywood – in quite a big way. Ryan Reynolds is looking to invest in Welsh club Wrexham AFC, currently of English football’s fifth tier and the third oldest professional team in the world.
Sure, he can launch a mega-franchise like Deadpool, carry off the sublime nonsense of Detective Pikachu, and wage a compelling social media war with sworn enemy-stroke-bestie Hugh Jackman. But can he do it on a wet Wednesday at Yeovil Town?
Reynolds has another notable potential co-investor in Rob McElhenney of It's Always Sunny in Philadelphia fame. The pair will be presenting their ideas for the club at a special general meeting to Wrexham members. If successful – and short of a rival offer from, say, Robert Downey Jr, you’d imagine they will be – they stand to invest $2.4 million in the fan-owned club.
‘As everybody knows we are community owned and therefore this has become public knowledge a little bit earlier than it would in any other normal circumstance,’ Wrexham Supporters Trust director Spencer Harris told the BBC. ‘We started talking through representatives of theirs, talking about the club, and we’re now in a position where we are able to get into detailed discussions about what a takeover deal could look like.’
‘I've spoken to both of them several times,’ said Harris. ‘They are very serious, professional and successful people, not just as actors but in the business world as well, and this is a very serious endeavour for them and they’ll set out their vision in due course, but I know they are very passionate about this and have gone into a lot of depth to understand about the football club.’
Your move, Jackman.
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