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Next Goal Wins is the underdog movie of the year from Academy Award winner Taika Waititi

Next Goal Wins is the underdog movie of the year from Academy Award winner Taika Waititi

The comedy follows the American Samoa soccer team, famous for their brutal 31-0 FIFA loss in 2001.

Next Goal Wins is scoring for a victory as the movie event of the year you can’t miss.

If you’re still missing the World Cup, Taika Waititi’s new flick will fill your football-loving cup to the brim.

The film is directed by the New Zealand-born filmmaker (Jojo Rabbit and Thor: Ragnarok) and follows the American Samoa soccer team, famous for their brutal 31-0 FIFA loss in 2001.

Searchlight Pictures/Disney

Next Goal Wins opens with the ‘worst team ever’ hiring down-on-his-luck coach Thomas Rongen (Michael Fassbender) to help them turn around their painful long-lasting losing streak ahead of the World Cup Qualifiers.

The blockbuster centred around the beautiful game has a stellar cast of Elizabeth Moss, Will Arnett, Oscar Kightly, David Fane, Beulah Koale, Rachel House and Rhys Darby.

Kaimana is also starring in this Polynesian-inspired underdog story, who plays Jaiyah Saelua, the central defender and the first openly transgender pro footballer.

If you haven’t watched the trailer yet, just hit that button below.

Waititi, said in a video campaign for Fa’atasi Capsule that he loves nothing more than ‘telling stories that represent different cultures’.

“For example, my latest film Next Goal Wins takes place in American Samoa. Where is that, you ask? It’s in the Pacific. Google it."

He added: “It’s the true story of the International Football team but it’s about way more than just soccer.

“It’s about Fa’a Samoa: The Samoan Way.”

So, if you’re looking for a heartwarming story full of belly laughs to enjoy with the family then find your closest cinema and book your tickets.

Next Goal Wins will hit Australian cinemas on New Year's Day.

Featured Image Credit: Searchlight Pictures/Disney

Topics: TV and Film