Is a Wrexham movie on the cards? Ryan Reynolds and Rob McElhenney’s investment could be motivated by the chance to make documentary film
- Ryan Reynolds and Rob McElhenney want to invest £2million in Wrexham AFC
- American duo win approval from 97.5% of members of National League team
- Is it not yet clear why, but they may want to make a documentary film about it
Hollywood stars Ryan Reynolds and Rob McElhenney’s potential investment in Wrexham may be motivated by the chance to make a documentary film charting their progress.
McElhenney, an American actor, director, producer and screenwriter, maintained the intrigue when, having been asked on Twitter ‘Why Wrexham?’ replied: ‘Why not Wrexham?’
Publicly the pair will await a Special General Meeting of the fan-owned National League club’s members to explain themselves, though ownership would certainly give a new twist to the fly-on-the-wall genre of sports film.
Hollywood actors Ryan Reynolds (left) and Rob McElhenney (right) want to invest in Wrexham
Neither McElhenney nor Reynolds, the Canadian actor, writer, producer and entrepreneur whose credits include Marvel’s Deadpool, appear to have any links to north Wales. The club may have held out interest as a former coal and steel town, as his grandfather is thought to have been a miner.
Reynolds has had mixed investment success, though he sold his drinks brand Aviation Gin to giant distiller Diageo in a $610m (£477m) deal last month.
There are suggestions that McElhenney put the idea of investment in British football to Reynolds.
Wrexham could see a potential £2million investment from the entrepreneurial actors
Wrexham director Spencer Harris said that the pair had ‘a big emotional connection, from what I’ve seen thus far’, and insisted they had done ‘a lot of detailed research into the club’.
Captain Shaun Pearson said: ‘I’m similar to probably everyone else, you think, “Nah, no way”. But it’s potentially a big opportunity for the club.’
A huge 97.5 per cent of the supporter-owned club’s 1,254 members voted in favour of pursuing talks with the pair.
From Russell Crowe to Elton John, how Ryan Reynolds is in line to join ranks of celebrity sporting owners
Wrexham have confirmed that Hollywood stars Ryan Reynolds and Rob McElhenney want to invest in the National League club.
The actors would not be the first celebrity owners of a sports team. Here is a look at some other examples:
David Beckham – Inter Miami CF
Beckham’s move to Major League Soccer in 2007 was a landmark moment in the history of the league. As a part of his transfer to the Los Angeles Galaxy, there was an agreement that allowed the former England captain to own an MLS team for a discounted fee. He exercised that option in 2014 and the team played its first match this year.
Class of ’92 – Salford
Former Manchester United players Ryan Giggs, Paul Scholes, Nicky Butt, Gary Neville and Phil Neville bought the club in 2014 with it in the Northern Premier League Division One North. Salford became full-time in 2017 and now play in League Two following four promotions. Beckham joined his old team-mates in becoming a shareholder in 2019.
Shah Rukh Khan – Kolkata Knight Riders
The Bollywood star bought the team at the inception of the Indian Premier League in 2007. The franchise has gained immense popularity due to its association with celebrity owners – film producer and entrepreneur Juhi Chawla is also an owner – and won the IPL in 2012 and 2014.
Russell Crowe – South Sydney Rabbitohs
Raised in Sydney, the film star bought the Rabbitohs along with businessman Peter Holmes a Court in 2006. Holmes a Court stood down two years later amid rumours of a rift with Crowe, who remains involved with the rugby league club.
Donald Trump – New Jersey Generals
Before he became United States president, one of Trump’s ambitions was to own a sport franchise and he coveted an NFL team. Unable to make this happen he purchased the New Jersey Generals American football team of the newly formed USFL in the early-1980s. By 1986 the league had collapsed and many blamed Trump for its demise.
Richard Branson – London Broncos
The British businessman took over as chairman of the rugby league club in 1997 with a promise to make them the best in the world. The Broncos finished second in Super League and reached the Challenge Cup final but by 2001 Branson was gone and a slow decline followed.
Elton John – Watford
The singer became club chairman in 1976. His ambition was to take Watford form the old Fourth Division to the First Division – and he succeeded. Under Graham Taylor, the Hornets finished second behind champions Liverpool during the 1982-83 season. John stepped down as chairman in 2002.
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