Jojo Rabbit is a 2019 American black comedy film written and directed by Taika Waititi, produced by Fox Searchlight Pictures and distributed by Walt Disney Studios Motion Pictures. The film stars Roman Griffin Davis, Thomasin McKenzie, Waititi, Rebel Wilson, Stephen Merchant, Alfie Allen, Sam Rockwell, and Scarlett Johan son. The plot follows a Hitler Youth who finds out his mother is hiding a Jewish girl in their attic
Jojo Rabbit had its world premiere at the 44th Toronto International Film Festival on September 8, 2019, where it won the People’s Choice Award. Jojo Rabbit is scheduled to be theatrically released in the United States and New Zealand on October 18, 2019. Jojo Rabbit divided critics, drawing both praise and criticism for its portrayal of Nazis, though its performances (particularly those of Davis, McKenzie, and Johansson) received widespread praise. Its polarized reception has been compared to that of the 1997 film Life Is Beautiful.
A World War II satire that follows a lonely German boy named Jojo (Roman Griffin Davis) whose world view is turned upside down when he discovers his single mother Scarlett Johan son 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.
In March 2018, it was revealed that Taika Waititi would not only direct but also co-star in the film as an imaginary Adolf Hitler. Speaking of the context of the role, Waititi said It’s my version of a lonely boy’s best version of his hero, which is really his dad, referencing the fact that in the film, the protagonist, a 10 year old boy, is desperate to join Hitler’s ranks during World War II.
Later that month, newcomer Roman Griffin joined the cast to star as Johansson’s son while Kiwi Thomasin McKenzie was cast as Elsa Korr, the Jewish girl whom Johansson hides in her home. In June 2018, Alfie Allen was cast as Finkel, the second in command to Captain Klenzendorf, while Stephen Merchant was cast as Captain Deertz, a Gestapo agent.
It will also screen at Fantastic Fest on September 19, 2019 and be the opening night film at the San Diego International Film Festival. The film is scheduled to be released on 18th October 2019.