Fox Searchlight have released a new clip from director Taika Waititi‘s film, “Jojo Rabbit.” The anti-hate satire follows a boy (Roman Griffin Davis) in Nazi Germany who finds a Jewish girl (Thomasin McKenzie) hidden in his home by his single mother (Scarlett Johansson). Waititi writes and directs the film, in which he also stars as the young boy’s absurd imaginary friend, Adolf Hitler.
In the clip, Johansson, who plays the role of Jojo’s mother Rosie, sits and talks with Jojo. She tells him, “Someday you will find someone special” and that “love is the strongest thing in the world,” to which Jojo replies,” I think you’ll find that metal is the strongest thing in the world, followed closely by dynamites and then muscles.”
Johansson can be seen this season in Noah Baumbach’s “Marriage Story,” opposite Oscar nominee Adam Driver. She also stars in Marvel’s solo film next year, “Black Widow,” where her Avengers character will be seen in an earlier timeline.
Waititi is best known for directing Marvel’s “Thor Ragnarok,” an installment that brought a fresh air into the God of Thunder’s story and arc. Waititi also wrote, co-directed and starred in “What We Do in the Shadows,” which was adapted into a tv series. The New Zealand filmmaker also directed “Hunt for the Wilderpeople,” “Boy” and was confirmed to helm the next Thor film, “Thor: Love and Thunder.”
Waititi adapts the film from Christine Leunens’ novel, “Caging Skies.” The film world premiered at Toronto International Film Festival, where it received positive first reactions. The film also stars Sam Rockwell (Fosse/Verdon), Stephen Merchant (Fighting with My Family), Rebel Wilson (Isn’t It Romantic), and Alfie Allen (Game of Thrones)
“Jojo Rabbit” is produced by Czech Anglo Productions, Piki Films and Defender Films. Fox Searchlight Pictures is also producing and distributing the film. It releases in theaters October 18.