What We Do In the Shadows and Thor: Ragnarok mastermind Taika Waititi is back with an “anti-hate satire”, Jojo Rabbit, which just officially landed a release date: October 18. This not only sets the film up for a potential awards season run—Oscar-winner Taika Waititi, what a concept—but makes it highly likely it screens at the 2019 Toronto International Film Festival, which runs from September 5-15.
This thing sounds absolutely bananagrams and I couldn’t be more excited for it. Based on the novel “Caging Skies” by novelist Christine Leunens, the dark satire set in Nazi Germany follows a young boy named Jojo (Roman Griffith Davis) whose imaginary best friend is Adolf Hitler (Waititi). Filling out the incredible cast are Scarlett Johansson, Sam Rockwell, Rebel Wilson, Alfie Allen, and Stephen Merchant.
Waititi’s occasional updates from the set have been about as delightful as humanly possible for a film set in Nazi Germany.
Week one down of our anti-fuckface satire, Jojo Rabbit. Can’t wait to share it with the world. Also, what better way to insult Hitler than having him portrayed by a Polynesian Jew?
🖕 #FuckYouShitler @jojorabbitmovie @foxsearchlight pic.twitter.com/bNZ2YlDgaF
— Taika Waititi (@TaikaWaititi) June 1, 2018
Can’t believe I get to work with Scarlett Witch from the scavengers movies! Here I am teaching her how to use Captain Merika’s mini biscuit shield to defend herself from a mini nazi attack. #jojorabbit #FiniteWar @jojorabbitmovie pic.twitter.com/bD16VWe1PK
— Taika Waititi (@TaikaWaititi) June 11, 2018
Here is the 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) whose world view is turned upside down when he discovers his single mother (Scarlett Johansson) is hiding a young girl (Thomasin McKenzie) in her attic. Aided only by his idiotic imaginary friend, Adolf Hitler (Taika Waititi), Jojo must confront his naive patriotism.