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Taika Waititi Confirms ‘Next Goal Wins’ Releases This Year

If you thought that Thor: Love and Thunder was going to be the only Taika Waititi movie to release this year, think again! The director has confirmed that Next Goal Wins, which was shot before Love and Thunder, will be releasing later this year, most likely during awards season, in an interview with Vanity Fair’s Little Gold Men podcast:

“I was doing Thor, I was also editing my soccer movie that everyone forgot about— including myself. I was like, ‘Oh, that’s right, I was making a soccer movie,’ and there was a year where I didn’t even watch that film and it just sat on ice.

It shot just before the pandemic. Like November 2019, and then… it’s been over two years. It’s never happened to me, it’s crazy. And it’s finished and it’s good! We’ve been testing it and people love the film.”

During the COVID-19 pandemic, one of the actors that starred in Next Goal Wins, Armie Hammer was accused of sexual misconduct, which led to him backing out of every project he was slated to star in. Even though he had shot his part for Next Goal Wins, Waititi replaced Hammer with Will Arnett and reshot the role, while also giving the character a bigger part than originally intended.

Alongside Arnett, the film will star Michael Fassbender, Elizabeth Moss, Frankie Adams, Oscar Kightley, David Fane, and Beulah Koale. Fassebender will be playing Thomas Rongen, who is tasked to turn around the American Samoa national football team to qualify for the 2014 FIFA World Cup.

Source: The Playlist

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Written by Maxance Vincent

Maxance Vincent is a freelance film and TV critic, and a recent graduate of a BFA in Film Studies at the Université de Montréal. He is currently finishing a specialization in Video Game Studies, focusing on the psychological effects regarding the critical discourse on violent video games.

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