The first trailer for Jojo Rabbit, the new “anti-hate satire” from director Taika Waititi (Thor: Ragnarok, What We Do in the Shadows, Hunt for the Wilderpeople), has arrived. It follows a young boy who befriends an imaginary Adolf Hitler, and it’s pretty bonkers.
The trailer is relatively short, coming in just under a minute, but that’s all it really takes to get a taste of Waititi’s new story. The trailer introduces a young boy named Jojo who creates an imaginary friend after being bullied. That friend is Hitler, played by Waititi (who often stars in movies he writes and directs). The only thing we don’t get much sense for is the bigger story arc. The movie is set during World War II, and Jojo discovers his mother is hiding a young Jewish girl in the attic. Jojo loves his mother, but he also loves his country, and he’s stuck in between the two — all while being bullied. The trailer does provide a little glimpse into the other zany characters played by Rebel Wilson, Sam Rockwell, and Scarlett Johansson.
It’s a pretty exciting time for Waititi. The Jojo Rabbit trailer comes just a couple of days after he walked into San Diego Comic-Con’s Hall H to talk about Thor: Love and Thunder, the fourth installment in the Marvel Cinematic Universe’s Thor series. Waititi is teaming up with Natalie Portman, Tessa Thompson, and Chris Hemsworth for the new movie, which will see Portman play Thor for the first time.
JoJo Rabbit will get its official debut at this year’s Toronto International Film Festival in September. It will be released on October 18th for everyone else.