Rhys Darby Joins Taika Waititi’s Next Goal Wins

Rhys Darby

by James White |
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The cameras are already rolling, but Taika Waititi isn't finished adding castmembers to football documentary adaptation Next Goal Wins. Regular collaborator Rhys Darby leads the new recruits, which also include Angus Sampson, Chris Alosio and Sisa Grey.

The original__ Next Goal Wins follows Dutch coach Thomas Rongen, who attempts the nearly impossible task of turning the American Samoa soccer team from perennial losers into winners.Andy Serkis and his Imaginarium team picked up the rights to Mike Brett and Steve Jamison's documentary in 2015, and brought it to Waititi's attention. The busy filmmaker worked on the script with Iain Morris.

Michael Fassbender, Elisabeth Moss, Oscar Kightley, David Fane, Beulah Koale, Lehi Falepapalangi, Semu Filipo, Uli Latukefu, Rachel House and Kaimana are already in the ensemble, with Fassbender playing the coach.

Fox Searchlight, which just worked with Waititi on Jojo Rabbit, is backing the movie. It doesn't have a set release date yet, but Next Goal Wins should be out next year.

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