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Of all the Taika Waititi films co-starring Scarlett Johansson about a young boy who has Adolf Hitler as an imaginary friend, the upcoming Jojo Rabbit is, without a doubt, the most intriguing.

Waititi’s film, dubbed an “anti-hate satire”, follows a lonely 10-year-old boy named Jojo (Roman Griffin Davis) living in Hitler’s fascist regime who, after attending a Nazi youth camp, invents an imaginary friend based on the fanatical Führer himself (played by writer-director Waititi) to help him cope with the realities of life in World War 2. Jojo’s loyalties and naive world views are tested head-on, though, when he discovers that his compassionate mother (Johansson) is hiding a Jewish girl (Thomasin McKenzie) in their family home.

The new full-length trailer for Jojo Rabbit gives us a better idea of the movie‘s diverse tones. While the first teaser focused on the absurdist humour of the film, this one also highlights the drama and pathos – a tonal blend that Waititi has proven himself adept at handling on previous projects such as Hunt For The Wilderpeople. Check out the new trailer…

And here’s the first trailer for Jojo Rabbit

Jojo Rabbit sees Thor: Ragnarok director Waititi stepping behind the camera once again, working off his own screenplay based on the 2008 novel Caging Skies by Christine Leunens. The film co-stars Sam Rockwell, Rebel Wilson and Alfie Allen as Nazi officers leading the youth camp, with Stephen Merchant playing a Gestapo agent.

Will the film’s subject matter prove too controversial for awards-season recognition? We’ll find out soon enough. In the meantime, Jojo Rabbit is getting its UK premiere at this year’s London Film Festival in October, before heading to UK cinemas on 3 January.

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