The first trailer for Taika Waititi’s Hitler satire, Jojo Rabbit has been unveiled. The film follows 10-year-old Jojo (Roman Griffin Davis), a boy learning the rules and diktats of being a Nazi soldier in a Hitler Youth Camp during World War II. However, he starts to have doubts as his single mother (played by Scarlett Johansson) is hiding a young Jewish girl (Thomasin McKenzie) in the attic. Waititi who has written and directed the film also stars in it as the boy’s imaginary friend, a bumbling version of Adolf Hitler.
The trailer shows the conflicting emotions JoJo undergoes as he realizes that his BFF Hitler might be steering him into the wrong direction and his blind nationalism is put to a severe test. Davis’ act is pretty commendable as the young boy must make a decision even though the only person who is at hand for help is his idiotic imaginary friend. Waititi wrote the screenplay based on Christine Leunens’ novel Caging Skies.
Jojo Rabbit also stars Rebel Wilson, Stephen Merchant, Alfie Allen and Sam Rockwell. Jojo Rabbit is scheduled to release on October 18 in the US, December 26 in Australia and on January 3 in the UK. Joo Rabbit is Waititi’s first film after 2017’s Thor: Ragnorak. He will be next seen directing Marvel sequel Thor: Love and Thunder, which will introduce Natalie Portman as a female version of the superhero.
Watch the Jojo Rabbit trailer here: