Wayne is an action comedy YouTube Premium series that made its debut on January 16, 2019. The eponymous Wayne, 16 years old juvenile delinquent of sorts, who has a huge redeeming side, sets out on his two-stroke bike with his very recent crush Del to go on a really long road trip to recover a car stolen from his father, just before his death. Pursued at every step by Del’s father and obnoxious twin brothers, as well as his friend and the principal of his school, Wayne’s adventures make for gritty action and darkish comedy which clocked over 10 million views in just its pilot episode.
Wayne, the show, is created by Shawn Simmons, drawing from his own childhood experiences, and produced by Rhett Reese and Paul Wernick, the team that brought us Deadpool. The half-hour episodes of this comedy-action series follow Wayne as he takes beatings, and doles out justice for wrongs done to others.
Wayne Cast: Who’s in it?
The main cast is relatively made up of newcomers. The 15-year-old heroine Del is played by Ciara Bravo, who has been on both the big screen and on various TV shows for about a decade, but the titular protagonist, Wayne, is played by an actor possibly only some Dublin-dwellers up to speed with the local indie pop music scene would recognize at a glance – Mark McKenna is originally an Irish singer and songwriter involved in the boy band, Milk, and has only made it into an acting career on the side since 2018. Whatever may the case be, Mark absolutely knocks it out of the ballpark with his acting – even living up to the immediate shadow of Alex Lawther from ‘The End of The F*cking World’ that falls on him.
Del’s father’s role is played by Dean Winters, the very same person who plays ‘The Vulture’ in Brooklyn Nine-Nine. The show also boasts a stellar supporting cast, raising it far above the initial assessment of yet another foul-mouthed eyeball grabber. For another season, we do not yet know what the full cast might be along with any new entrants to the show, but we can be certain that at least the main trio, Joshua Williams (Orlando), Mark McKenna, and Ciara Bravo would return to their respective roles.
Wayne Plot: What is it about?
Between its tame and somber colour palette lingering almost like a veil over most of its runtime, and the unbridled patches of violence and blood that was encased as exhibition material on the reveal trailer, one would immediately place Wayne in comparison to Netflix’s bizarrely macabre and unapologetic twist to the road trip plot framework last year in ‘The End of The F*cking World’. And for the most part, those who hazarded that guess were not far from the truth.
The titular character in Wayne, when the first episode opens, puts on a display of acute sociopathy – unflinching under a barrage of punches and daring to the point of being self-destructive. To top that off, the way the romantic intrigue is set up between Wayne and Delilah is very unconventional and sudden. There are some key differences between the two, however, and even though the bulwarks of one violent episode after the other (which includes regular fist-fighting, dropping a CRT TV on someone’s head, and – spoiler alert – biting off one’s nose), it has a very deliberately orchestrated comic tone to it.