Taika Waititi Wants Michael Fassbender to Star in His Soccer Movie ‘Next Goal Wins’

/Film | 9/16/2019 | Chris Evangelista
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The increasingly busy Taika Waititi already has his next project lined-up, and no, it’s not Thor: Love and Thunder. Before the director returns to the Marvel Cinematic Universe, he’ll direct the sports dramedy Next Goal Wins. And that’s not all: Waititi wants Michael Fassbender to star. Fassbender is in talks to join the film, which is based on the documentary of the same name and focuses on the national football team of American Samoa.

THR is reporting that Michael Fassbender is in talks to join Taika Waititi’s Next Goal Wins. The project would reunite Waititi with Fox Searchlight, who distributed his upcoming Jojo Rabbit. The movie is based on a 2014 documentary of the same name, which has the following synopsis:

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In 2001, the tiny Pacific island of American Samoa suffered a world record 31-0 defeat at the hands of Australia, garnering headlines across the world as the worst soccer team on the planet. A decade after that humiliating night, they remain rooted to the bottom of FIFA’s World rankings, having scored only twice in seventeen years. They have lost every competitive game they have ever played. Against this backdrop of serial underachievement, the team face the daunting prospect of a qualification campaign for the upcoming 2014 World Cup in Brazil. It would take a miracle-maker or a madman to turn the team’s fortunes around – and in maverick Dutch coach Thomas Rongen the islanders somehow...
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