Disney’s Fox Searchlight Pictures today announced the JoJo Rabbit release date has been set for October 18, 2019. Written and directed by Taika Waititi (Thor: Ragnarok, Hunt for the Wilderpeople), the film stars Scarlett Johansson, Sam Rockwell, Rebel Wilson, Waititi, Thomasin McKenzie, and Roman Griffin Davis.
Waititi brings his signature style of humor and pathos to his latest film, JoJo Rabbit, a World War II satire that follows a lonely German boy (Roman Griffin Davis) whose world view is turned upside down when he discovers his single mother (Scarlett Johansson) is hiding a young girl (Thomasin McKenzie) in their attic. Aided only by his idiotic imaginary friend, Adolf Hitler (Taika Waititi), Jojo must confront his naive patriotism.
The film is based on the novel Caging Skies by Christine Leunens. The book is described as follows:
An avid member of the Hitler Youth in 1940s Vienna, Johannes Betzler discovers his parents are hiding a Jewish girl named Elsa behind a false wall in their home. His initial horror turns to interest—then love and obsession. After his parents disappear, Johannes is the only one aware of Elsa’s existence in the house and the only one responsible for her survival.
By turns disturbing and blackly comic, haunting and cleverly satirical, Christine Leunens’s captivating and masterful novel—sold in 16 countries and the basis for a major forthcoming film by Taika Waititi (Thor: Ragnorak,What We Do in the Shadows)—examines this world of truth and lies, laying bare the darkest corners of the human soul.