Taika Waititi is on quite a roll. The man deserves to go into the filmmaking hall of fame just for turning Thor: Ragnarok into one of Marvel’s best films. If you look at his filmography, he hasn’t directed a bad movie. (Boy, What We Do in the Shadows, and Hunt for the Wilderpeople are absolute must-sees).
Now, with all his MCU clout, he can create any type of film his wacky brain desires. So, in a real heat-check move, Waititi’s next movie, Jojo Rabbit will see him play history’s most hated man, Adolf Hitler.
Before this announcement sets off trigger warnings, Jojo Rabbit is satirical, and Waititi plays an imaginary and idealized version of Hitler, who exists in a young boy’s head. The premise is that the young boy is a member of Hitler’s army, and he discovers his mother is hiding a Jewish girl in their home.
The trailer clocks in at under a minute and doesn’t give away too many details. But it does feature that wacky Taika vibe his fans have come to love. Something tells me this one, despite all the laughs, is a real tear-jerker.
Jojo Rabbit trailer:
Jojo Rabbit synopsis:
Writer-director Taika Waititi (THOR: RAGNAROK, HUNT FOR THE WILDERPEOPLE), brings his signature style of humor and pathos to his latest film, JOJO RABBIT, a World War II satire that follows a lonely German boy (Roman Griffin Davis as JoJo) whose world view is turned upside down when he discovers his single mother (Scarlett Johansson) is hiding a young Jewish girl (Thomasin McKenzie) in their attic. Aided only by his idiotic imaginary friend, Adolf Hitler (Taika Waititi), Jojo must confront his blind nationalism.
Jojo Rabbit will screen at TIFF 2019 in September before arriving in theatres on October 18, 2019.