Production has begun on “Jojo Rabbit,” and Taika Waititi is making no secret of the intended effect of his war satire: to “piss off a lot of racists.” The writer/director’s first film since “Thor: Ragnarok” stars Scarlett Johansson and Sam Rockwell, with Waititi himself playing Hitler.
“I’m stoked to begin shooting my anti-war satire,” Waititi said in a statement announcing that principal photography has begun in and around Prague, Czech Republic. “We’ve assembled an incredible cast and I couldn’t be more excited to finally ridicule Nazis and their beliefs. This film is going to piss off a lot of racists and that makes me very happy.”
Per that same statement, the story follows “an awkward young German boy (Roman Griffin Davis) raised by a single mother (Scarlett Johansson), and whose only ally is his imaginary friend Hitler (Waititi). His naïve patriotism is tested when he meets a young girl (Thomasin McKenzie) who upends his world views, forcing him to face his biggest fears.”
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Prior to leaving his mark on the Marvel Cinematic Universe, Waititi directed “What We Do in the Shadows” and “Hunt for the Wilderpeople.” Rebel Wilson co-stars in “Jojo Rabbit,” which Fox Searchlight is producing and distributing.