Wayward | Toni Collette joins Mae Martin’s Netflix thriller series

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Toni Collette has joined the cast of comedian and screenwriter Mae Martin’s Netflix thriller series, Wayward.

Mae Martin began performing stand up comedy at 11 years old, and since then they have become a regular on the circuit. Their first stand-up special SAP was released on Netflix last year, and they also appeared as a contestant on series 15 of Taskmaster, winning the series.

In 2020, Martin starred alongside Charlotte Ritchie in the sweet comedy drama Feel Good, which they also wrote with Joe Hampson. The autobiographical show followed stand up comedian Mae as she tentatively began a relationship with Ritchie’s character George, whilst dealing with trauma from her past. Both series are available to watch on Channel 4.

Martin’s next series is Netflix thriller Wayward, which they created, will executive produce and act as co-showrunner with Ryan Scott.

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Wayward is “a thriller set in a bucolic but sinister town that explores the insidious underbelly of the “troubled teen industry” and the eternal struggle between one generation and the next”.

Toni Collette – pictured – will play Leanne, the headmistress at Tall Pines school. Martin leads the cast, which also includes Sarah Gadon, Brandon Jay McLaren, Sydney Topliffe, Alyvia Alyn Lind, Patrick J. Adams, Patrick Gallagher and Josh Close.

Martin told Deadline when the show was commissioned last year, back when it was still called Tall Pines, “Tall Pines is a story I’ve been dying to tell for years, and I’m beyond excited for people to see what we have in store … It’s going to be an insane roller coaster and so different to anything I’ve done before. Very very grateful to Netflix for supporting it, and I can’t wait to get going.”

Wayward will be comprised of eight episodes and will premiere on Netflix, we’ll keep you updated as we hear more.


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