, hot off his Oscar-winning performance in 2017’s “Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri
,” is joining Scarlett Johansson
in “Thor: Ragnarok
” director Taika Waititi
Germany satire, “Jojo Rabbit,” a representative for Rockwell told TheWrap
TheWrap initially broke the news that “Jojo Rabbit” would be Waititi’s next film. He will also be stepping in front of the camera to star in the film as an imaginary version of Adolf Hitler
The film centers around a young boy, Jojo, who struggles to fit in and resorts to his imaginary friend, Hitler, who offers advice and helps him cope. Jojo then discovers that his mother (Johansson) is secretly working for the resistance and hiding a 15-year-old Jewish girl in their house.
Rockwell will play a Nazi captain who runs a Hitler Youth camp.
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“It’s my version of… a lonely boy’s best version of his hero, which is really his dad,” Waititi told TheWrap in March.
Waititi’s depiction of Hitler won’t be meant as a sympathetic, but rather an invention of 10-year-old Jojo, who misses his dad, and, confused by Nazi propaganda, imagines a figure who is a combination of his father and the führer.
The film, which was eyeing a late-May production start, will be distributed by 20th Century Fox
’s independent division, Fox Searchlight
. The release is likely to be one of the first releases under the Disney
umbrella, which said in December it plans to buy the studio as part of a $52.4 billion acquisition of parts of the larger Fox empire.
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Waititi, who also wrote the script for “Jojo Rabbit
,” had break-out success with last year’s “Thor: Ragnarok
.” The film earned $854 million at the worldwide box office along with critical success.
Before “Jojo Rabbit,” Rockwell will appear as former President George W. Bush alongside Christian Bale
in the Adam McKay
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