Taika Waititi stars as Adolf Hitler in the upcoming dark comedy satire Jojo Rabbit, a film he also directed, wrote, and co-produced. Based on the book Caging Skies by Christine Leunens. Waititi plays Hitler as the imaginary friend of a young German boy named Jojo “Rabbit” Betzler, played by Roman Griffin Davis. As Jojo tries to fit in with his peers in the increasingly fascist country, he discovers his mother, played by Scarlett Johansson, has been hiding a Jewish girl in their house. In the trailer, Hitler is seen comforting Rabbit when his peers make fun of him, saying that he was once called names as well.
Check out the teaser below:
Waititi is best known for his work directing Thor: Ragnarok, and directing, writing, and starring in the film What We Do in the Shadows. Recently, it was announced that Waititi will direct the fourth Thor film, Thor: Love and Thunder where Natalie Portman’s Jane Foster will become a new Thor, and Tessa Thompson’s Valkyrie will become the first canonically queer superhero.
Jojo Rabbit also stars Rebel Wilson, Sam Rockwell, Alfie Allen, Thomasin McKenzie, and Stephen Merchant. The film will be distributed by Fox Searchlight, a subsidiary of Walt Disney Studios, and is set for an October 18th theatrical release after it premieres at the Toronto Film Festival in September.