Coming to cinemas this autumn, the film is inspired by real events, and stars Michael Fassbender as Major League Soccer coach Thomas Rongen.
After losing his job, Thomas is tasked with turning the American Samoa national football team's fortune around amidst a dishearteningly long losing streak.
He reluctantly accepts and relocates there, engaging with the team and the local community whilst learning a thing or two about sports, and himself.
Co-written by Waititi and The Inbetweeners' Iain Morris, Next Goal Wins also stars Elisabeth Moss, Oscar Knightley, Uli Latukefu, Rachel House, Kaimana, David Fane, Beulah Koale, Chris Alosio, Will Arnett and Rhys Darby.
Waititi is also part of the movie's cast.
The American Samoa national football team's story was previously told in a 2014 documentary of the same name – and the 31-0 loss to Australia featured in the movie's trailer happened in real life in 2001.
Speaking previously about why he signed up to adapt the story into a feature film, Waititi said: "The story is about the worst soccer team in the world, who famously experienced the biggest loss in an international match against Australia, 31-0, which is about a goal every four minutes.
"I just love underdog stories. Most of my films are about people who live on the margins, or are a little bit left out, and it just fit right in for me."
Waititi added that the story is "basically the Cool Runnings of soccer" and already includes "all the elements that all the great sports films have".
Next Goal Wins is released in cinemas on November 17.
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