“Nothing makes sense anymore.” “Yeah , I know. It’s definitely not a good time to be a Nazi.”
A new trailer has been released for Jojo Rabbit, the next film from New Zealand filmmaker and actor Taika Waititi (Thor: Ragnarok, What We Do in the Shadows, Hunt for the Wilderpeople).
Waititi is tackling some heavy themes with this one, although he looks to be comfortably navigating the terrain with his signature balance of humour and emotion. The film is set during WWII and follows lonely German boy Jojo Betzler (played by newcomer Roman Griffin Davis), whose Nazi path and forming ideals are given quite the shake up when he finds a young Jewish girl (Thomasin McKenzie) that his mother (Scarlett Johansson) is hiding in their attic. Oh, and Jojo’s best friend is his imaginary version of Hitler, played by Waititi.
The new trailer below offers up a lot more footage, including more of the cast and their German accents. This looks to be perfect for Waititi, and an arguably gutsy movie to make now that there’s a big spotlight on him following Ragnarok. It’s hard to keep expectations in check when all signs are pointing to something special. We’ll see.
Jojo Rabbit, also starring Rebel Wilson, Stephen Merchant, Alfie Allen, and Sam Rockwell, opens in the US on October 18 and arrives in Australia on Boxing Day.
Official synopsis for Jojo Rabbit:
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.