Taika Waititi is easily the busiest person in Hollywood. Sure, he directed some great indie hits like What We Do in the Shadows and Hunt for the Wilderpeople before Marvel Studios signed him on to direct Thor: Ragnarok and its sequel Thor: Love and Thunder.
Now he’s behind Jojo Rabbit, which Fox Searchlight has released an official trailer for. The film will be making the festival rounds and is positioned for an awards season run this November. Not only does Waititi direct this satirical history piece, but he also stars as an imaginary best friend to a young German boy. The twist on that is that the imaginary best friend takes the form of Adolf Hitler. Check out the trailer below.
The second trailer gives us a little more details about the plot of the film. In the first trailer, we saw Jojo (Roman Griffin Davis) just trying to be a kid…who happens to live in Nazi Germany. Constantly teased by bullies, Jojo confides in his imaginary friend…who just so happens to be Adolf Hitler.
But in this trailer, we get to see that Jojo learns that his own mother (Scarlett Johansson) is secretly hiding a young Jewish girl (Thomasin McKenzie), and learns that Jews may not be so bad and that Nazis may be the ones who are wrong.
Here’s the official plot 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.
Despite some nasty rumors that Disney, which acquired 20th Century Fox and the rest of its entertainment arms like Fox Searchlight, was worried about the film “alienating” their fans, things continue to proceed as scheduled.
The film also stars Rebel Wilson, Stephen Merchant, Alfie Allen, and Sam Rockwell.
Written and directed by Waititi, based on the book Caging Skies by Christine Leunens, Jojo Rabbit will have its world premiere at the Toronto International Film Festival on September 8, 2019, and then have its theatrical release on October 18, 2019.