Elisabeth Moss has entered discussions to costar in Taika Waititi and Fox Searchlight’s upcoming true story-inspired sports activities comedy, Next Goal Wins. Before Thor: Ragnarok made him a family title amongst cinephiles, Waititi was recognized for making quirky New Zealand dramedies (or “comfortable/unhappy” films) about lonely outsiders or “losers” – be they vampires adjusting to trendy residing (What We Do In the Shadows) or a troublemaking juvenile delinquent (Hunt for the Wilderpeople). In that sense, his subsequent movie as director marks a return to his storytelling roots.
Based on the acclaimed documentary of the identical title, Next Goal Wins tells the story of how the American Samoa worldwide soccer workforce tried to high quality for the 2014 World Cup in Brazil after struggling a humiliating defeat in 2001 (dropping 31-0 to Australia) and spending the 13 years that adopted on the backside of FIFA’s world rankings. Michael Fassbender is already in talks to star as Thomas Rongen, the Dutch-born American worldwide soccer coach who took on the “inconceivable” process of turning the American Samoa workforce right into a winner.
According to THR, Moss is presently in talks to enjoying an as-yet unspecified function in Next Goal Wins alongside Fassbender. Should she signal on, the award-winning Mad Men and The Handmaid’s Tale actor will draw from a script that Waititi wrote with The Inbetweeners and What We Do within the Shadows TV present author Iain Morris. The plan is for filming to start very quickly, earlier than Waiti units to work directing the sequel to Ragnarok, Thor: Love & Thunder, subsequent 12 months.
As talked about, the story for Next Goal Win lies firmly in Waititi’s wheelhouse as a filmmaker and, beneath his steerage, has the potential to be heartbreaking and humorous in equal measure. And in case there was even the slightest concern the Kiwi storyteller would white-wash the American Samoa workforce, THR assures that will not be the case and says the casting name is presently out for Fa’afafine actors to convey the squad’s members to life. It appears like Waititi is planning to solid lesser-known within the roles, too, which suggests Next Goal Wins might find yourself serving as a breakout car for a number of of them.
Fox Searchlight and Waitit are presently within the midst of their awards season marketing campaign for the director’s “anti-hate” Nazi satire Jojo Rabbit, forward of its restricted theatrical rollout subsequent week. The movie solely simply took residence the People’s Choice Award on the Toronto International Film Festival final month, and is predicted to earn much more accolades over the months forward. And although Fox would little question love for Next Goal Wins to grow to be an equally critical Oscar contender by this time subsequent 12 months, it is simply good to know we’ll be getting one other Waititi comedy between now and Love & Thunder in 2021.
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Next Goals Wins doesn’t have an official launch date but.