Taika Waititi’s ‘Next Goal Wins’ Replaces Armie Hammer With Will Arnett


Will Arnett is replacing Armie Hammer in Taika Waititi’s upcoming film Next Goal Wins. Hammer exited the film following multiple accusations of sexual assault.

Next Goal Wins is based on the 2014 documentary of the same name by Mike Brett and Steve Jamison. It tells the story of about Dutch-American football (soccer) coach Thomas Rongen’s efforts to push the American Samoa national team, considered one of the weakest in the world, to qualify for the 2014 FIFA World Cup. Arnett will portray an executive at Football Federation American Samoa in the story. He has already begun to reshoot Hammer’s scenes alongside cast-mates including Elisabeth Moss, David Fane, Beulah Koale, and Semu Filipo.

Arnett is best known for his work on Arrested Development; however, he is also recognized for lending his smooth baritone voice to characters in Despicable Me, Monsters vs. Aliens, and the Lego Movie franchise where he played Batman.

LeeAnn is children's librarian who joined Nerds and Beyond in 2020 as a way to stretch her writing skills and connect with others who have the same pop culture passions as she does. She loves music, reading (obviously), and any TV show that can grab and hold her attention. Currently some of her favorite things to nerd out over include Supernatural, Prodigal Son, Louden Swain and Percy Jackson (books, theater, or upcoming show - lets leave the movies out of it).

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