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Taika Waititi World War II Film 'Jojo Rabbit' Gains Sam Rockwell

Oscar-winning actor Sam Rockwell will be joining Thor: Ragnarok director Taika Waititi's upcoming World War II satirical farce film, Jojo Rabbit. We know, that's a lot to take in from a single sentence.

Sam Rockwell
LOS ANGELES, CA – March 4, 2018: Sam Rockwell at the 90th Academy Awards Awards at the Dolby Theatre, Hollywood Editorial credit: Featureflash Photo Agency /

The FOX Searchlight film will center on a young boy named Jojo, who really wants to be part of the Hitler Youth and whose imaginary friend is Adolf Hitler. No, we're not making that up.

Jojo discovers a Jewish girl living in his attic and, after initially trying to find ways to get rid of her, begins to see her as "human". Again, still not making this up.

Scarlett Johansson is playing Jojo's mother, a woman who is secretly working for the resistance. Waititi will be playing Jojo's imaginary pal, Hitler. You guessed it: still not making this up.

The Hollywood Reporter says that Sam Rockwell (who recently swept the Supporting Actor categories at most 2017 awards shows for his role in Three Billboards Outside Ebbing Missouri) will play a Nazi captain who runs a Hitler Youth camp.

It's amusing to think that the three big names mentioned here all have the Marvel Cinematic Universe in common. Johansson and Rockwell both entered into the MCU in Iron Man 2 and Black Widow and Justin Hammer respectively. Waititi of course directed the fabulous third installment in the Asgardian saga, Thor: Ragnarok.

Sure, this film sounds like it's going to piss a lot of people off, but Waititi excels at presenting humor to audiences who may not "get it" without his directorial voice and vision. Production is rumored to be starting anytime now.

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Mary Anne ButlerAbout Mary Anne Butler

Bleeding Cool News Editor Mary Anne Butler (Mab, for short) has been part of the fast-paced world of journalism since she was 15, getting her start in album reviews and live concert coverage for a nationally published (print) music magazine. She eventually transitioned to online media, writing for such sites as UGO/IGN, ComicsOnline, Geek Magazine, Ace of Geeks, Aggressive Comix (where she is still Editor-in-Chief), and most recently Bleeding Cool. 

Over the past 10 years, she’s built a presence at conventions across the globe as a cosplayer (occasionally), photographer (constantly), panelist and moderator (mostly), and reporter (always). 

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