Taika Waititi Plays Adolf Hitler in Trailer for Anti-Hate Satire 'Jojo Rabbit'
Waititi also directed, wrote and co-produced the film, which also stars Roman Griffin Davis, Scarlett Johansson, Thomasin McKenzie, Rebel Wilson, Stephen Merchant, Alfie Allen and Sam Rockwell.
Taika Waititi on Tuesday shared the teaser trailer for Jojo Rabbit on his Twitter account. The Thor: Ragnarok director stars in, helmed, wrote and co-produced the anti-hate movie.
The satirical film centers on a 10-year-old boy, Jojo "Rabbit" Betzler (Roman Griffin Davis), as he figures out how to fit in in an increasingly fascistic Germany and creates an imaginary friend named Adolf Hitler (Waititi) as a result. His worldview is turned upside down when he learns that his mother Rosie (Scarlett Johansson) is hiding a young Jewish girl (Thomasin McKenzie) in their attic, which forces him to come to terms with his blind nationalism.
Rebel Wilson, Stephen Merchant, Alfie Allen and Sam Rockwell also star in the pic, which is based on Christine Leunens' book Caging Skies.
The teaser trailer opens with Jojo and his young friends preparing for "the best weekend ever," though Jojo soon injures himself while throwing a knife at a tree.
A montage follows which shows the characters living in Nazi Germany. The clip also shows the young Jewish girl, Elsa, hiding inside of Jojo's home.
One scene shows Jojo crying before Hitler appears from behind a tree to comfort his friend. When Adolf asks Jojo what's wrong, he says that his peers called him "a scared rabbit."
"Let them say whatever they want. People used to say a lot of nasty things about me," Hitler tells Jojo. "'Oh, this guy's a lunatic.' 'Look at that psycho. He's gonna get us all killed.'"
Jojo Rabbit is set to premiere at the Toronto International Film Festival in September, followed by an Oct. 18 theatrical release. Watch the full teaser trailer below.