"Taika Waititi's Feel-Good Comedy 'Next Goal Wins' Gets New Trailer Featuring Michael Fassbender"

News - 27 September 2023
Searchlight Pictures has recently unveiled a brand-new trailer for the upcoming feel-good comedy "Next Goal Wins," directed by none other than Taika Waititi, known for his work on "Thor: Love and Thunder." The film is actually based on a 2014 documentary of the same name that follows the American Samoa national football team as they strive to redeem themselves after a humiliating defeat against Australia, where they lost 31-0.nnIn a bid to turn their fortunes around and qualify for the World Cup, the team enlists the help of Dutch football coach Thomas Rongen, portrayed by the talented Michael Fassbender in his first role since 2019.

Interestingly, the filming for "Next Goal Wins" took place before Waititi's involvement in the Thor franchise, and the film has been in the works for quite some time.nnDespite having originally cast Armie Hammer in a role in the film, his scenes were later reshot by Will Arnett, infusing a fresh dynamic into the project. Waititi, who is renowned for his quirky and unconventional style of filmmaking, has already amassed a dedicated following thanks to his previous works like "What We Do in the Shadows" and "Hunt for the Wilderpeople.

"nnAlthough Waititi earned critical acclaim and an Oscar for his script for the comedy-drama "Jojo Rabbit" in 2020, the reaction to "Next Goal Wins" has been more polarizing. Following its premiere at the Toronto International Film Festival, reviews have been mixed, with many critics offering less-than-enthusiastic feedback.nnCurrently, the film holds a meager 47% rating on Rotten Tomatoes, indicating a rather lukewarm reception from audiences and reviewers alike.

Despite this, "Next Goal Wins" is set to hit cinemas in the Netherlands on January 4, 2024, offering fans of Fassbender, Moss, and Arnett a chance to witness their performances on the big screen.nnFeaturing a talented ensemble cast alongside Fassbender, including Elizabeth Moss from "The Handmaid's Tale" and Will Arnett from "Bojack Horseman," the film promises a blend of heartwarming moments, comedic relief, and a dash of underdog spirit as the American Samoa national football team vies for a shot at redemption on the global stage. With Waititi at the helm, audiences can expect a unique take on the sports comedy genre that is sure to leave a lasting impression.