First look at Taika Waititi’s Next Goal Wins revealed!
Taika Waititi (Jojo Rabbit)’s sports dramedy Next Goal Wins may have only just begun production a month ago, but courtesy of New York Times’ Kyle Buchanan, we have a first look at Michael Fassbender (Alien Covenant) as futbol coach Thomas Rongen!
The film, which features a script co-written by Waititi and Iain Morris (What We Do in the Shadows) and based on the 2014 British documentary of the same name, is an underdog sports tale following the national football team of American Samoa their coach, Thomas Rongen, as they try to change the team from a losing squad to a FIFA World Cup-qualifying unit.
In addition to Fassbender, Elisabeth Moss (The Invisible Man), who entered talks to star in the project last month, has been confirmed to be a part of the cast. The two are set to star alongside Rhys Darby (What We Do in the Shadows), Angus Sampson (Insidious), Oscar Kightley (The Breaker Upperers), David Fane (The Barefoot Bandits), Belulah Koale (Hawaii Five-0), Lehi Falepapalangi (Future Man), Semu Filipo (Harry), Uli Latukefu (Marco Polo) and Rachel House (Thor: Ragnarok).
“I’ve just started production on my next film, Next Goal Wins,” Waititi said in a statement. “We have such an amazing cast and crew behind this film, and I’m stoked to be partnering once again with the lovely people at Fox Searchlight Pictures.”
“Taika is an incredible talent and master at bringing honesty and humanity to the surface in any story,” Presidents of Production for Film and Television David Greenbaum and Matthew Greenfield said. “We are thrilled to be working with him again on such an extraordinary true story of perseverance in the face of defeat. He has brought together a terrific group of actors, craftspeople and sports players to bring this unique story to life.”
It was announced back in August that Waititi would direct a secret project for Fox Searchlight prior to stepping behind the director’s chair for Thor: Love and Thunder.
In addition to Next Goal Wins, Waititi recently debuted his Anti-Nazi satirical comedy Jojo Rabbit, in which he stars as an imaginary friend version of Adolf Hitler to a lonely young Hitler youth who discovers his mother is hiding a young Jewish girl in their attic. The film, which earned polarized but generally positive reviews from critics at the Toronto International Film Festival and Fantastic Fest, hit the screen to very positive reviews from critics and audiences alike.