Taika Waititi’s WWII Satire ‘Jojo Rabbit’ Lands Production Start Date – Shoots In Prague

Director Taika Waititi is a busy gentleman lately after the success of Thor: Ragnarok. He has a pilot for What We Do In The Shadows series and was in talks with Warner Bros. to direct their live-action Akira adaption (has been in the works since 2002).

His next film will be Jojo Rabbit for Fox Searchlight.

A WWII satire about a 10-year-old boy trying to fit in in fascist Germany with the help of an imaginary friend. After being severely hurt by a grenade at Hitler youth camp, he discovers that his mother is hiding a 15-year-old Jewish girl in their house.

We’ve learned that Jojo Rabbit is going to start filming on May 28th in Prague, Czech Republic. Although, it wouldn’t be shocking if they also shoot in Berlin, Germany since it’s primarily set in Germany.

It’s expected to finish filming on July 20th.

Jojo Rabbit is well into pre-production as they held open casting calls for the lead in Kent, England last month.

TheWrap recently learned Taika will be playing the imaginary friend, Hitler.

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Waititi’s Hitler is an imaginary friend to the protagonist, a 10-year-old boy who is desperate to join the dictator’s ranks during World War II. The film won’t include a sympathetic depiction of the actual Adolf Hitler — no surprise there. Rather, the imaginary Hitler in the film will be the invention of a boy who misses his dad, and, confused by Nazi propaganda, imagines a figure who is a combination of his father and the führer.

Jojo Rabbit doesn’t currently have a release date.


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