Having completed his WWII satire “Jojo Rabbit” early last year and with filming on “Thor: Love and Thunder” not getting underway until this coming August, filmmaker Taika Waititi has filled in the gap between projects promoting ‘Jojo’, filming a bit of “The Mandalorian,” and helming the sports comedy feature “Next Goal Wins”.
Michael Fassbender stars in the latter, a true story tale of a soccer coach who gains control of the American Samoa national team and attempts to train them to qualify for the 2014 FIFA World Cup.
Attending the Golden Globes on Sunday night, Waititi spoke with New York Times writer Kyle Buchanan and the New Zealand director says one big plus of the new film is we’ll get to see Fassy have fun: “I must say, [Michael] Fassbender’s a bit of a comic revelation in this. We’re… quietly confident.”
Waititi was also asked about the biggest success story of “The Mandalorian” – The Child, aka Baby Yoda. One lingering question left by the first season of the series is that of the creature’s name, and Waititi confirms it has one but won’t give away what it is: “He’s not named Baby Yoda. I’ll wait for [Jon] Favreau to give that away.”
“Next Goal Wins” hasn’t set a release date at present.