Taika Waititi’s “Next Goal Wins” Reveals Rousing New Trailer

Co-writer/director Taika Waititi’s Next Goal Wins is finally nearing its premiere date, and a new trailer revealed by Searchlight Studios gives Waititi fans a glimpse at his long-simmering soccer film.

Waititi, who co-wrote the script with Iain Morris (The Inbetweeners), centers Michael Fassbender’s Thomas Rongen, a Dutch soccer coach tasked with taking on the world’s worst soccer team. Rongen is sent to coach the American Samoa national team after their humiliation at the feet of the Australians, who beat them 31-0 in an official FIFA match. Now, with the World Cup Qualifiers looming, Rongen wants to turn these underdogs into a cohesive team and help them recapture their love for the sport.

Waititi was moved to make the film after seeing the 2014 documentary of the same name by Mike Brett and Steven Jamison. Waititi began working on his sports drama while he was also working on Thor: Love and Thunder; however, pandemic delays and scheduling changes pushed Next Goal Wins to this November.

The wait is just about over, however. Joining Fassbender in the cast are Oscar Kightly, Kaimana (coming in for major plaudits from critics), David Fane, Rachel House, Beulah Koale, Will Arnett, Elisabeth Moss, Rhys Darby, Uli Latukefu, Chris Alosio, and Waititi himself.

Check out the new trailer below. Next Goal Wins premieres on November 17.

Here’s the official synopsis:

Directed by Academy Award Winner Taika Waititi (Jojo Rabbit, Thor: Ragnarok), NEXT GOAL WINS follows the American Samoa soccer team, infamous for their brutal 31-0 FIFA loss in 2001. With the World Cup Qualifiers approaching, the team hires down-on-his-luck, maverick coach Thomas Rongen (Michael Fassbender) hoping he will turn the world’s worst soccer team around in this heartfelt underdog comedy.

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Featured image: The cast of NEXT GOAL WINS. Photo by Hilary Bronwyn Gayle. Courtesy of Searchlight Pictures. © 2022 20th Century Studios All Rights Reserved.


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