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Will Arnett To Replace Armie Hammer In ‘Next Goal Wins’

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Will Arnett replaces Armie Hammer in Searchlight Pictures‘ new football film, Next Goal Wins.

Directed by Taika Waititi, the new picture follows an infamously terrible American Samoa football team, which became well known for its horrific 31-0 loss during a FIFA match in 2001.

According to Deadline, Arnett was brought in after Waititi scheduled reshoots which Hammer was unable to attend. The 51-year-old actor fills the role of an executive for the Football Federation American Samoa.

Also starring in the feature is Michael Fassbender, who plays the role of coach Thomas Rongen – the man brought in to turn the downtrodden team into an elite squad. Other cast members include Elisabeth Moss, Frankie Adams, Oscar Kightley, David Fane, Semu Filipo, Beulah Koale, and Lehi Falepapalangi.

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Arnett is best known for his starring role as Gob Bluth in Arrested Development, for which he received an Emmy Award nomination. His unique voice has also secured him a number of voice acting roles, most notably as the titular character in BoJack Horseman, as well as roles in Ice Age: The Meltdown, Dolittle, and The Lego Movie.

Hammer has come under increasing scrutiny after allegations of abuse began surfacing in early 2021. Multiple women came forward to accuse Hammer of sexual abuse, with one individual claiming to release personal texts from Hammer, describing his sexual fantasies of rape and cannibalism.

While he is currently the subject of a police investigation, Hammer and his legal team have continuously denied all allegations.

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