The first images of the film have been unveiled.
After the critical and commercial failure of Thor: Love and Thunder, Taika Waititi will try to make the cherry again with his next film, Next Goal Wins, which will be released in the United States on April 21, 2023 by Searchligth Pictures. A feature film whose filming began in 2019, then ended at the end of 2021 with reshoots organized to replace Armie Hammer with Will Arnett.
“This is the story of the worst football team in the world, which is famous for having suffered the biggest defeat in an international match against Australia, 31-0, which is a goal every 3 minutes“, has explained the New Zealand director to Entertainment Weekly. “After this terrible defeat, the Federation launched the recruitment of a coach who could help them rise from the bottom of the FIFA rankings“.
The coach in question will therefore be embodied by Michael Fassbenderas can be seen in the first photos of Next Goal Winswhich will evolve around a cast essentially composed of Samoan actors like Oscar Kightley and Kamaina, who plays Jaiyah Saelua, the first non-binary footballer to play in a World Cup qualifier. Like Will Arnett, Elizabeth Moss will also have a small role in the film.
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Waititi came up with the idea of Next Goal Wins watching the eponymous documentary, released in 2014: “I watched it many years ago and couldn’t believe I hadn’t heard this story before. I had never done a sports film before, and I really wanted to try. It’s about a sport I don’t really know“, recognizes the director of jojo rabbit.