Next Goal Wins (upcoming film)

Next Goal Wins is an upcoming sports comedy film directed by Taika Waititi, based on the documentary of the same name.

Next Goal Wins
Directed byTaika Waititi
Produced by
Screenplay by
Based on
Next Goal Wins
  • Mike Brett
  • Steve Jamison
CinematographyLachlan Milne
Distributed byFox Searchlight Pictures
  • United States
  • United Kingdom


A Dutch football coach is tasked with turning the American Samoa national team into an elite squad.



It was announced in August 2019 that Fox Searchlight Pictures had set up an initially unspecified project that would see Taika Waititi write and direct prior to his obligations to Thor: Love and Thunder.[1] It was later revealed as being a feature film adaptation of the documentary Next Goal Wins.[2] In September, Michael Fassbender entered final negotiations to star in the film.[3] He would be confirmed the next month, alongside Elisabeth Moss entering negotiations to join.[4] In November 2019, it was announced Kaimana, Oscar Kightley, David Fane, Beulah Koale, Lehi Falepapalangi, Semu Filipo, Uli Latukefu, Rachel House, Rhys Darby, Angus Sampson, Chris Alosio and Sisa Grey had joined the cast of the film, with Moss being confirmed.[5][6][7] In December 2019, Armie Hammer joined the cast of the film.[8]

Principal photography began on November 4, 2019.[9][10]


  1. Taika Waititi Sets New Project With Fox Searchlight Before ‘Thor 4’ (EXCLUSIVE)
  2. Taika Waititi’s Fox Searchlight Project Will Be ‘Next Goal Wins’, Details Revealed
  3. Michael Fassbender in Talks for Taika Waititi Soccer Movie 'Next Goal Wins' (Exclusive)
  4. Elisabeth Moss in Talks for Taika Waititi Movie 'Next Goal Wins' (Exclusive)
  5. Malkin, Marc (November 14, 2019). "Taika Waititi Casts Fa'afafine to Play Non-Binary Soccer Player in 'Next Goal Wins' (EXCLUSIVE)". Variety. Retrieved November 14, 2019.
  6. D'Alessandro, Anthony (November 14, 2019). "Taika Waititi Fox Searchlight Pic 'Next Goal Wins' Rounds Out Cast". Deadline Hollywood. Retrieved November 14, 2019.
  7. D'Alessandro, Anthony (November 25, 2019). "Taika Waititi's 'Next Goal Wins' Adds Rhys Darby, Angus Sampson & More". Deadline Hollywood. Retrieved November 25, 2019.
  8. "Welp, looks like Armie Hammer is also in Taika Waititi's 'Next Goal Wins'...... and yes the sunrise was that amazing this morning. #nofilter". Reel News Hawaii. December 4, 2019. Retrieved December 4, 2019.
  9. Crow, David (August 8, 2019). "Taika Waititi's New Film is Soccer-Focused Next Goal Wins". Retrieved November 3, 2019.
  10. Waitit, Taika (October 31, 2019). "Happy Halloween I'm in this nightmare hellscape of my own creation and it's called "still finishing a script three days before principal photography" I hope you enjoy your dumb parties you will be forgotten whereas I will be immortalised in a book about kiwi film makers active between 2005 and 2020. Insert pumpkin emoji". Instagram. Retrieved November 3, 2019.
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