I actually thought I might go for a whole week without writing about Taika Waititi. Not that I mind, having been a fan since his early New Zealand movie Eagle vs. Shark, and The Hunt for the Wilderpeople was one of my favorite movies the year that came out, too. Oh, you also might have heard about a little Marvel movie he directed called Thor: Ragnarok, which will have a sequel in 2021 called Thor: Love and Thunder.
Before that, he has a historical satire called Jojo Rabbit, in which the filmmaker also plays Adolf Hitler, because why not? It will premiere at the Toronto International Film Festival (TIFF) this weekend, and the new trailer released by Fox Searchlight makes it look like a heightened satire that’s even crazier than Wilderpeople. It even has a German version of the Monkees’ “Daydream Believer” scoring it!
Jojo Rabbit looks a little like a cross between that movie, Son of Rambow and Wes Anderson‘s Moonrise Kingdom (which I was not a fan of), but it also reminds me of Armando Ianucci‘s The Death of Stalin, which premiered at TIFF a bunch of years ago. That was based on a graphic novel, and the new artwork released to promote the trailer even looks like something that might have been taken from a comic book even though Jojo Rabbit is based on the book “Caging Skies” by Christine Leunens, who co-wrote the screenplay.
UPDATE: A couple days later, Fox Searchlight debuted a new poster for the movie featuring the cast of characters, which you can see above and click on for a larger version.
The movie also stars Roman Griffin Davis in the title role, Scarlett Johansson as his mother, Thomasin McKenzie (Leave No Trace) as a young Jewish girl being hidden in their attic, as well as Sam Rockwell and Rebel Wilson. Waititi’s Hitler is Jojo’s imaginary friend, apparently.
The movie hits theaters on October 18, but we’ll probably have a review out of TIFF before then. Check out the crazy new trailer below, and let us know what you think.