At this point, Taika Waititi fans already think his next film, sports comedy The next goal wins, is an urban legend. With production that wrapped in 2020 and then suffered multiple delays due to COVID and reshoots following the Armie Hammer scandal, it looked like the film would never see the light of day. However, a first trailer was released today as a beacon in hopes that the upcoming title will stick to its somewhat distant November release date.
The trailer has the feel-good vibe we’ve come to expect from Taika Waititi projects, and already cheers us on underdog African Samoa football team, who managed to suffer the most spectacular defeat in football history. international: 31-0 against Australia in 2014. Naturally, this had a huge impact on team morale and they have been beset by defeat ever since.
Enter Michael Fassbender like Thomas Rongen, a football coach who comes from another continent to try his unique approach with the players of the African team Samoa. As the trailer makes clear, Next Goal Wins leans into the comedy of a story about “the greatest losing streak in history,” with the new streak set to ABBA’s “Take a Chance on Me.” . It looks like Thomas is going to learn as much from this team as they are willing to learn from him.
It’s a good thing that The next goal wins is in Waititi’s hands, as the film will feature a rare blend of football and transgender identity – a subject still very taboo in the sports world. Given that previous Waititi projects have been lauded for their approach to gender identity and sexual orientation, it’s reasonable to expect this film to treat the subject lightly but still with respect.
The next goal wins — The story told
The African Samoa team has already been the subject of a documentary which made its mark at film festivals around the world in 2014. The documentary influenced Waititi, who even kept the same title for his feature film. When the filmmaker unveiled the film’s poster on his Twitter account, he called it his “least cynical moviewhich suggests he felt a powerful connection to the story. You can watch the trailer for the documentary that inspired Waititi on this article.
In addition to directing, Waititi is also co-writing the screenplay for The next goal wins with Iain Morris (Intermediate). The cast also includes Arnett (Development stopped), Elizabeth Moss (The Handmaid’s Tale), Oscar Kightley (Duckrockers), Rhys Darby (Our flag means death), David Fane (800 words), Beulah Koale (Hawaii 5-0), Uli Latukefu (Young Rock), Angus Samson (Lincoln’s lawyer) And Kaimana – who makes his acting debut with the film.
The next goal wins The premiere is scheduled for November 17.
You can watch the trailer below:
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