Taika Waititi (Thor: Ragnarok, The Hunt for the Wilderpeople) has a sports movie on the horizon, and he’s got two-time Oscar nominee Michael Fassender on board to star.
Fassbender has entered final talks to take on a lead role in Next Goal Wins, a sports dramedy based on a 2014 documentary of the same name. It’s an underdog story of how the football team of American Samoa – after a long run of severe losses – attempted to quality for the 2014 World Cup in Brazil. Fassbender will be playing the team’s Dutch-American coach, Thomas Rongen.
Waititi has co-written the script with Iain Morris, whose credits include Flight of the Conchords, The Inbetweeners and the What We Do in the Shadows television series. Among the producers is Andy Serkis, whose production company Imaginarium Productions optioned the rights to the documentary.
The plan is for Waititi to direct Next Goal Wins before he gets started on the next Thor movie, which has been titled Thor: Love and Thunder. Before either of those movies though, we’ll see Waititi’s WII Nazi Germany satire Jojo Rabbit, which opens in the US on October 18 and arrives in Australia on Boxing Day. That movie, by the way, has just become quite the Oscar contender by winning the People’s Choice Award at this year’s Toronto International Film Festival.
Up next for Fassbender is Kung Fury 2, the follow-up to the 30-minute, ’80s-inspired action-comedy from 2015.