Searchlight Pictures has dropped a new trailer for a highly anticipated Taika Waititi’s feel good film, “Next Goal Wins.”
The film captures the ultimate underdogs in sports attempt to get their first-ever victory, following a devastating world record defeat in a competitive international football match — a demoralizing 31-0 loss to Australia — the American Samoa national team embarked on a quest. This remarkable journey, documented in a 2014 film also called Next Goal Wins, captivated Waititi’s attention.
Starring Michael Fassbender as Thomas Rongen, a Dutch soccer coach thrust into an unexpected challenge, the film unfolds as Rongen takes charge of the world’s least successful soccer team, situated on the opposite side of the globe. The trailer blends some talking head footage of Waititi detailing the story along with humorous clips of the team in action.
Besides Fassbender, Oscar Kightley, David Fane, Beulah Koale, Lehi Falepapalangi, Semu Filipo, Uli Latukefu, Rachel House, Kaimana, Will Arnett, and Elisabeth Moss rounding out the rest of the cast.
“Next Goal Wins” had its World Premiere at the 2023 Toronto International Film Festival and comes to theaters on November 17.