Taika Waititi broke into Hollywood in a big way. While his smaller films in his native New Zealand were what got his name out there (Namely 2014’s What We Do in the Shadows and 2016’s The Hunt for the Wilderpeople), it was spearheading the newer direction of the God of Thunder with 2017’s Thor: Ragnarok that put his name on the map. And not only has the good faith possibly guaranteed a Thor 4, but Waititi is close to revealing his first non-superhero Hollywood flick with Jojo Rabbit, based on the 2008 novel Caging Skies by author and fellow New Zealander Christine Leunens.
The film takes a decidedly darker route with the story than Ragnarok (Waititi adapted the book himself). The tale focuses on a young German boy (Played by Roman Griffin Davis) during WWII who is an avid member of the Hitler Youth and discovers his single mother (Played by Scarlett Johansson) is hiding a young girl in their attic (Played by Thomasin McKenzie). And the kicker? The boy has an imaginary friend…Adolf Hitler (Played by Waititi) who both aids him in his decision and forces him to literally confront his ideas about patriotism.
While filming commenced at the end of last May, reshoots were completed a few months ago in February allowing Waititi to put the finishing touches on his intriguing new dark comedy. And now that the film is ready, it seems Fox Searchlight (The studio behind the film), it very confident about the final product.
Today it was announced that the film will arrive in theaters October 18th, positioning it in the award season. Given the Academy Awards recent persuasions of nominees focusing on topics of racism and sexism, this film could find itself a prime candidate for the Oscars come next season. It seems the skies are far from caged for Waititi’s career in the future.
Jojo Rabbit co-stars Sam Rockwell, Rebel Wilson, Alfie Allen, and Stephen Merchant.