Trailer releases for Taika Waititi’s Next Goal Wins

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The long, long path to the screen for Next Goal Wins has finally heralded a trailer ahead of the film’s release later this year.

A trailer has been released for Next Goal Wins, suggesting that maybe, just maybe, the film might actually be released on its current scheduled debut date of November 17th, 2023.

Next Goal Wins stars Michael Fassbender, is directed by Taika Waititi and tells the real-life story of the ‘American Samoa soccer team, who’d previously suffered the worst loss in international soccer history, succumbing 31-0 to Australia. The events of Next Goal Wins will follow Fassbender’s character as he attempts to galvanise the worst team in international soccer during the qualifiers for the 2014 World Cup.’

Next Goal Wins commenced production all the way back in November of 2019, wrapping in January 2020, over three years ago. Just to put that into context, Waititi has since gone on produce and direct the colossal Marvel film Thor: Love and Thunder and work on a spate of projects beyond that including a Time Bandits TV show and a long-rumoured Star Wars movie.

The film’s release slates have changed dramatically in that timeframe, first due to the global pandemic, then, early in 2022, one of the film’s co-stars, Armie Hammer, found himself mired in serious scandal and the decision was made to reshoot his parts with Will Arnett, pushing the film back to April of this year. 

Since then, there’s been two more shifts, first to September, then to November to the point where it seemed like 20th Century Studios were just trolling us as part of some elaborate hoax. But no, now the trailer for the film has been revealed we believe in the existence of Next Goal Wins. We’ve had t-shirts printed to say so.

In one of those curious twist of fates you’ll be able to enjoy a curious November Michael Fassbender double bill as he’ll also be appearing in The Killer for David Fincher on Netflix, which releases just a day earlier. Not quite sure those two films will sit well together but given how long we’ve waited for both, we’ll take it. Here’s that trailer below.

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