Welcome To Wrexham — release date, trailer, what happens in the series with Ryan Reynolds, Rob McElhenney and a Welsh football club

For Welcome to Wrexham stars Ryan Reynolds and Rob McElhenney there will be fun and football in north Wales..
For Welcome to Wrexham stars Ryan Reynolds and Rob McElhenney there will be fun and football in north Wales.. (Image credit: Getty/Alamy/PA)

A major new fly-on-the-wall documentary series Welcome To Wrexham is on FX and FX on Hulu in the US and Disney+ in the UK in August 2022. Flagging that this town in north Wales has been hit by Tinseltown glamor is a giant road sign which motorists will now see when crossing the Welsh border from English Cheshire. It's of course just like the famous giant Hollywood sign in the hills looking over Los Angeles. For this special docuseries shows what happened to lower league Welsh football team Wrexham AFC when two major Hollywood stars Ryan Reynolds and Rob McElhenney decided to buy the club in 2020 and began running it. There are plenty of ups and downs and jokes with the locals.

So here's everything you need to know about Welcome To Wrexham... 

Welcome to Wrexham.

Welcome to Wrexham...Ryan Reynolds and Rob McElhenney at their first Wrexham football match in October 2021. (Image credit: Gemma Thomas/Wrexham AFC)

Will the American actors make a success of their time at AFC Wrexham?

Will the American actors make a success of their time at AFC Wrexham? (Image credit: Alamy)

Welcome To Wrexham release date

Welcome To Wrexham arrives on FX on Hulu in the US on Wednesday August 24 2022 and on Disney Plus in the UK on Thursday August 25 2022. 

Is there a Welcome To Wrexham trailer?

A full official trailer for Welcome To Wrexham has been released by FX, Hulu and Disney Plus, which shows what you can expect when the show begins on August 24 2022. Do watch below. Ryan and Rob have previously given us a teaser of what to expect in an announcement trailer (also see below) which also has their Welsh translator Maxine giving their words in Welsh. "We thought it only appropriate for our Welsh fans to have a translator." Maxine as you'll see below has a few jokes at the actors' expense...

A further teaser trailer for Welcome To Wrexham has also been released. Starting in a Wrexham pub, there's a real international flavour about it. Take a look below...

What happens in Welcome To Wrexham

The documentary filmmakers of Welcome to Wrexham haven't let slip too much about what to expect yet, but we know both Ryan Reynolds and Rob McElhenney intend to be very hands on owners and immerse themselves in the small Welsh community of Wrexham. But from the above Welcome to Wrexham announcement trailer it seems there will be two seasons. The docuseries will track the dreams and people of working class Wrexham, in north Wales, as two Hollywood stars take ownership of the town’s historic yet struggling football club. 

In 2020, Rob McElhenney (It’s Always Sunny in Philadelphia) and Ryan Reynolds (Deadpool) teamed up to purchase the team Wrexham AFC, hoping to bring success to the underdog outfit and in the process of making Welcome to Wrexham, getting the whole world to root for them. 

Rob and Ryan, however, have no experience in football (soccer) or working with each other. But both are serious about their Wrexham AFC investment, genuinely wanting to improve the club and do right by the town and engage with local supporters.

As Rob and Ryan explain in the Tweet below Wrexham AFC is considered part of 'Rest of  The World' as far as football is concerned...

Ryan and Rob at the Wrexham stadium.

Ryan and Rob at the Wrexham stadium. (Image credit: Disney Plus)
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The Wrexham fans have been excited about their star owners!

The Wrexham fans have been excited about their star owners!  (Image credit: Getty)

Welcome To Wrexham star Ryan Reynolds on the football series

Welcome to Wrexham star Ryan Reynolds.

Ryan Reynolds bought Wrexham AFC with Rob Rob McElhenney in 2020. (Image credit: Getty)

Welcome To Wrexham star Ryan Reynolds recently opened up to host Lorraine Kelly about the highs and lows of the game on her weekly Lorraine (9am weekdays on ITV and ITV Hub). 

“Obviously we’ve kind of adopted you over here, particularly your footballing interests. How is that all going?” asked Lorraine. “You’ve brought glamour and excitement to football.”

“Wrexham had its own unique brand of glamour and excitement before I got there. Both me and Rob McElhenney, we love it. It’s such a passion project. 

“Football in general has really been both the best and the worst thing that’s ever happened to me. I get it now, I understand the beautiful game as much as I can understand it at this stage in life and it’s a unique brand of gorgeous torture that I’ve never expereienced before. I love it with all of my heart and it also breaks my heart on a pretty regular basis.”

Lorraine also praised his support for Ukraine, donating $1 million with wife Blake Lively. “I’m really amazed at how much people have stepped up,” he said. “Our contribution was matched almost within 24 hours. Both my wife and I realise how lucky we are to be able to do that.”

Canadian actor Ryan Reynolds was born in Vancouver in 1976. During his early acting career he was in the Canadian soap Hillside, before he took a lead role in the sitcom Two Guys And A Girl. His move to Hollywood was a very successful with major film success with The Proposal, Blade: Trinity, Green Lantern and Deadpool and Deadpool 2. Ryan's been married twice. Firstly to Hollywood actress Scarlett Johansson from 2008 to 2011, and since 2012 to actress Blake Lively, with whom he has three daughters.

Ryan has a clever video with a message for Wrexham locals and supporters of Wrexham AFC about his latest Netflix movie Red Notice. Take a look at Ryan's special video below called Ryan, Wrexham & Red Notice...

Ryan Reynolds promoting Red Notice at Wrexham's football ground.

Ryan Reynolds had a few ideas about promoting his film 'Red Notice' at Wrexham's football ground. (Image credit: Netflix)


Ryan Reynolds (in superhero disguise) in Deadpool. (Image credit: Alamy)

More about Welcome To Wrexham star Rob McElhenney...

Rob McElhenney teamed up with Ryan Reynolds for 'Welcome To Wrexham'..

Rob McElhenney teamed up with Ryan Reynolds for Welcome To Wrexham. (Image credit: Getty)

Rob McElhenney is a 44-year-old American actor who's best known as pub owner and bouncer Ronald McDonald in long-running series It's Always Sunny In Philadelphia which started way back in 2005.  He had small parts in the film Wonder Boys, A Civil Action and Thirteen Conversations About One Thing. These were followed by bigger parts in The Tollbooth and Latter Days.

He's a big fan of Game Of Thrones and made a cameo appearance as an extra in the Season 8 premiere episode called Winterfell. He'd also appeared in a Season 3 episode of Lost.

Rob co-created the comedy series Mythic Quest which has had two seasons on AppleTV+. He plays Ian Grimm on the hit show and is a writer and executive producer.

He's married to American actress, comedian, and producer Kaitlin Olson, who he'd hired to play Dee Reynolds in It's Always Sunny in Philadelphia. They have two children.

Rob got the It's Always Sunny In Philadelphia actors, including Danny DeVito, to give their vocal support to Wrexham AFC in his Tweet below. He also was amazed that his own Wrexham players had to mop the field after a downpour. See also on Rob's Tweet below...

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Welcome To Wrexham star Rob McElhenney (far left) in It's Always Sunny In Philadelphia.

Welcome To Wrexham star Rob McElhenney (far left)  in It's Always Sunny In Philadelphia. (Image credit: Getty)

* Save Our Squad featuring David Beckham is another similar fly-on-the-wall documentary coming to Disney Plus.

Nicholas Cannon
TV Content Director on TV Times, What's On TV and TV & Satellite Week

I'm a huge fan of television so I really have found the perfect job, as I've been writing about TV shows, films and interviewing major television, film and sports stars for over 25 years. I'm currently TV Content Director on What's On TV, TV Times, TV and Satellite Week magazines plus Whattowatch.com. I previously worked on Woman and Woman's Own in the 1990s. Outside of work I swim every morning, support Charlton Athletic football club and get nostalgic about TV shows Cagney & Lacey, I Claudius, Dallas and Tenko. I'm totally on top of everything good coming up too.