Sam Rockwell Joins Scarlett Johansson in Taika Waititi’s WWII Film JOJO RABBIT
I'm a huge fan of Sam Rockwell so I'm extremely excited to hear that he will be working with Thor: Ragnarok director Taika Waititi on his World War II film Jojo Rabbit. He will also be teaming up again with Scarlett Johansson, who was previously cast.
This is actually a really fascinating story that centers on a character named Jojo, "a young boy who longs to be part of the Hitler Youth and whose imaginary friend is Adolf Hitler. He 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."
Johansson is playing Jojo’s mother, a woman who is secretly working for the resistance. Waititi is playing the imaginary Hitler, and Rockwell will play a Nazi captain who runs a Hitler Youth camp.
This is such a different kind of film for Taika Waititi to tell, who is best known for his comedic work. But I think he will end up delivering a dramatic, intense, and touching story that will also have a touch of humor, especially with Waititi playing an imaginary Hitler.
Rockwell recently won an Oscar for his role in Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri, and he recently wrapped Adam McKay’s untitled biopic of former vice president Dick Cheney, in which he stars opposite Christian Bale who plays President George W. Bush.