One last release date delay for Taika Waititi’s Next Goal Wins

Next Goal Wins poster, cropped version
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Taika Waititi’s long-in-gestation Next Goal Wins has now moved to a prime Christmas release slot in the UK – a sign of confidence in the film, perhaps?

This summer, I’m finally going on a holiday I booked back in 2019, all the way back from the time before the pox. This Christmas meanwhile, a film that completed its first run of photography also in 2019 is finally getting a cinema release.

Taika Waititi’s Next Goal Wins has taken so long to get here, that since he filmed it he’s shot, released, and dealt with the aftermath of the Marvel feature Thor: Love & Thunder. Reshoot work took place on Next Goal Wins, to remove Armie Hammer from the picture and substitute him with Will Arnett. The picture is now fully locked though, and finally preparing for its long-awaited release.

Based on the acclaimed documentary of the same name, Next Goal Wins follows the tale of a coach called Thomas Rongen (played by Michael Fassbender), who’s trying to turn around the fortunes of the American Samoa national football team. Let’s just say he’s taking on quite a challenge.

Anyway: the release date. It’s moved again. It had been set for September of this year. Then it got moved to November. Now, with some degree of confidence, Disney has set Next Goal Wins for a release on Boxing Day. It’ll finally be playing on December 26th 2023, and don’t be surprise after all this time if there’s an awards run too.

More on the film as we hear it. Will let you know how my holiday goes too if you want.

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