The latest trailer has been released for Next Goal Wins, directed by Taika Waititi and starring Michael Fassbender.
Next Goal Wins tells the story of the American Samoa national football/soccer team and their efforts to try and qualify for the FIFA World Cup for the first time, in this case the 2014 edition of the tournament.
It is based on the documentary of the same name, directed by Mike Brett and Steve Jamison, which received universal praise from audiences and critics.
The movie stars Fassbender as Thomas Rongen, the coach of the hopeful nation.
“It’s the ultimate underdog story," Waititi previously told Empire.
"It taking place in Polynesia is very important to me, because it’s my people. We stick together. It was like seeing myself up there, seeing my family up there, when I saw that documentary, which is so perfect in many ways. And to have a broader audience have access to that story was one of my main goals.
“To bring our backyard to people, and to put brown faces on screen was a big deal for me. I just loved it… It was a great antidote to doing Thor and Jojo Rabbit.
"Not that there’s anything negative about doing those other films, but I just missed home so much.”
Even though Next Goal Wins is based on a real-life story, and the documentary that told that story, Waititi says his version will take some creative license.
“If you love films that are really authentic to the true stories, then you’re gonna hate this movie," he explained.
"I mean, just watch the documentary if you want to see exactly what happened. We go a bit deeper with these characters. The way that everything unfolded is the same.”
Next Goal Wins cast: Michael Fassbender, Oscar Kightley, Kaimana, David Fane, Rachel House, Beulah Koale, Will Arnett, and Elisabeth Moss.
Next Goal Wins trailer
Next Goal Wins
2014 • 97 minutes
Next Goal Wins
Biography / Sport
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