Scarlett Johansson to Star in Taika Waititi’s WWII Movie ‘Jojo Rabbit’

Thor: Ragnarok director Taika Waititi has scored actress Scarlett Johannson for his next film.

The New Zealand filmmaker – whose credits include Boy, What We Do in the Shadows and Hunt for the Wilderpeople – has reportedly been offered a number of projects following his Marvel hit, but he’s stuck to his plans, opting to tackle a WWII picture titled Jojo Rabbit.

Written by Waititi, the film follows a young German boy who discovers that his mother is hiding a Jewish girl in their home. Waititi will also star in the film, playing an imaginary Hitler the boy conjures up. What, you thought Waititi would be delivering a run-of-the-mill WWII drama?

Earlier this month the filmmaker described his take of Hitler as “my version of… a lonely boy’s best version of his hero, which is really his dad.”

According to Variety, Johansson has entered final negotiations to play the mother. The search is now on for the young actor that will play the boy, which could be a difficult task, considering their appears to be no shortage of talented youngsters gracing our screens these days.

Jojo Rabbit is expected to start shooting in the next month or two.

Johansson has been, as usual, quite busy. The actress starred in Ghost in the Shell and Rough Night last year, and this year voices a character in Wes Anderson’s Isle of Dogs, reprises her role as Natasha Romanoff / Black Widow in the highly anticipated Avengers: Infinity War, and stars alongside Adam Driver, Greta Gerwig and Laura Dern in the upcoming as-of-yet-untitled film from writer-director Noah Baumbach (Frances Ha, The Meyerowitz Stories).

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