A year ago, Thor: Ragnarok actor and director Taika Waititi announced he would play a comedic version of Adolf Hitler in his upcoming film Jojo Rabbit. At long last, we can finally get our first glimpse of the star donning the infamous mustache and armband in a more lighthearted take on the Fuhrer. Fox Searchlight recently revealed the first teaser for the film, which looks like Mel Brooks meets Wes Anderson. Check it out:
Waititi pulls triple duty on the film as actor, director, and writer. He based the screenplay on the book “Caging Skies” by Christine Leunens about a member of the Hitler Youth in the 1940s who discovers that his parents have sheltered a Jewish girl in their house. Waititi adds his comedic flair to the film version with the boy having an imaginary friend who happens to look a lot like Adolf Hitler.
In addition to releasing the teaser trailer, the official Twitter account for the film also posted its own version of the Downfall Hitler meme. Taken from one of the final scenes of the 2004 German language film, the meme consists of posting fake subtitles for what the Germans “actually” say. The meme has been around for a while, and Jojo Rabbit acknowledges this while still putting its own fresh take on it.
— Jojo Rabbit (@jojorabbitmovie) July 26, 2019
Jojo Rabbit also stars Roman Griffin Davis, Thomasin McKenzie, and Scarlett Johansson. The self-proclaimed anti-hate satire arrives in theaters on October 18, 2019.
In other news, Waititi is certainly keeping busy, as he recently confirmed at San Diego Comic Con that he’ll return to the Marvel Cinematic Universe to direct Thor: Love and Thunder.