Fox Searchlight has released a cast poster for Taika Waititi’s upcoming anti-hate satire Jojo Rabbit. The film follows a lonely 10-year-old boy Jojo (Roman Griffin Davis) in Nazi Germany whose imaginary best Adolf Hitler (Waititi) eggs him on. But Jojo’s loyalties and beliefs are tested when he discovers that his mother (Scarlett Johansson) is hiding a young Jewish girl (Thomasin McKenzie) in their attic.
The poster is kind of whatever (I think you can be more creative given the tone of what we’ve seen in the trailers), but I’m interested to see how people react to this film. I’m sure there’s certainly a contingent of pearl-clutchers who will ask when it was suddenly okay to make jokes about Nazis (the answer is 1967, which was the year The Producers hit theaters). I’m sure there will also be those who ask if making jokes about Nazis means you’re not taking them seriously as a threat or if you’re relegating them to some stodgy historical relic instead of a group that’s now making new inroads through YouTube and social media.
Check out the new Jojo Rabbit poster below and come back on Sunday night for our review from TIFF. The film opens October 18th and Rebel Wilson, Stephen Merchant, Alfie Allen, and Sam Rockwell.
Here’s 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 as JoJo) whose world view is turned upside down when he discovers his single mother (Scarlett Johansson) is hiding a young Jewish girl (Thomasin McKenzie) in their attic. Aided only by his idiotic imaginary friend, Adolf Hitler (Taika Waititi), Jojo must confront his blind nationalism.