Thor: Ragnarok director Taika Waititi is going to play an imaginary Adolf Hitler in his new movie Jojo Rabbit. One might have thought that someone like Waititi, who directed one of the biggest hit movies of 2017, would have followed up that monster hit with another big blockbuster. We'll, they're sorely mistaken. Instead, he's directing Jojo Rabbit, a much smaller drama in scale and, based on the character he's going to be playing, it's going to be quite a bit more bizarre. And considering how crazy Thor: Ragnarok was, that's really saying something.
This isn't just some crazy rumor, mind you. Taika Waititi himself has confirmed this. The imaginary Hitler in Jojo Rabbit will be the invention of the movie's protagonist, a 10-year-old boy who misses his dad. Because he's confused by Nazi propaganda, he imagines a figure who is a combination of his father and Hitler. Here's what Waititi had to say about it.
"It's my version of... a lonely boy's best version of his hero, which is really his dad."
A character description asserts, "This is not the Adolf we know and hate, this guy is goofy, charming, and glides through life with a childlike naivety." Jojo Rabbit is looking to start production in May and looks like it will be his first movie to come after Thor: Ragnarok. Though, Netflix did buy Bubbles, which is a movie about Michael Jackson's chimpanzee that will also be directed by Waititi. Details are somewhat scarce beyond the imaginary Hitler bit, but here's the official synopsis from Fox for Jojo Rabbit.
"Jojo Rabbit, by Taika Waititi blends his signature humor, pathos, and deeply compelling characters in a World War II satire about a ten-year-old boy who, ridiculed by his peers and misunderstood by his mother, can't quite figure out how to fit in. As the naïve young German struggles to understand his place in an increasingly Fascist regime, he resorts to an imaginary friend who can offer advice and help him cope."
Those who are only familiar with Taika Waititi via Thor: Ragnarok may find this to be a bit surprising, but his resume certainly speaks to doing something like this. He worked on Flight of the Conchords, for example, and his vampire comedy What We Do in the Shadows was also s pretty bizarre but wonderful comedy. So a World War II satire movie seems like it's in his wheelhouse. And his work as Korg in Thor: Ragnarok was arguably the best part of the entire thing. So who knows what he will be able to do with an imaginary version of Hitler.
Jojo Rabbit doesn't currently have a release date, but given the production timetable, it's possible that the release won't come until the Disney/Fox merger is finalized. Meaning that, should that come to pass, this imaginary Hitler movie could end up being a Disney release, which is pretty interesting to consider, to say the least. This news comes to us courtesy of The Wrap.