The new trailer for Taika Waititi‘s “anti-hate satire” Jojo Rabbit should sound familiar, at least to viewers of a certain age. Set to the tunes of a German-language version of The Monkees’ “I’m a Believer” and David Bowie’s own German-language version of his “Heroes” (“Helden”) the latest from the Thor Ragnarok director is, to say the least, a bit eccentric.
Waititi, who adapted Christine Leunens’ novel Caging Skies for Jojo, stars as an imaginary Adolf Hitler. The offbeat WWII comedy focuses on Jojo, a young German boy (Roman Griffin Davis) whose world view is turned upside down when he discovers that his single mother (Scarlett Johansson) is hiding a young Jewish girl (Thomasin McKenzie) in their attic. Aided by his idiotic make-believe friend, Adolf Hitler, Jojo must confront his naive patriotism. Rebel Wilson, Stephen Merchant, Alfie Allen, and Sam Rockwell also star.
“You’re not a Nazi, Jojo,” says the girl in the attic. “You’re a 10-year-old kid who likes dressing up in a uniform and wants to be part of the club.”
The film was recently chosen to open Austin’s envelope-pushing Fantastic Fest , which kicks off September 19 and continues through September 26.
Fox Searchlight will release Jojo Rabbit to select theaters on Oct. 18.
Check out the trailer above.
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