Taika Waikiki On Directing Jojo Rabbit To Collider

Taika Waikiki On Directing Jojo Rabbit To Collider

Nazi Germany As Never Seen Before

Jojo Rabbit directed by Taika Waititi is out this autumn and in January in the UK and here’s an interview he did with Collider…

With Jojo Rabbit now playing in limited release, I recently sat down with writer-director Taika Waititi for an exclusive interview. As you’ve probably heard me say a number of times, Jojo Rabbit is one of my favorite films of the year and Waititi has written and directed a fantastic anti-hate satire set in Nazi Germany. While I figured he would craft something special, Jojo Rabbit was well above my lofty expectations and many others had the same opinion as it won the coveted People’s Choice Award at this year’s Toronto International Film Festival against some serious competition. If you haven’t seen the trailers, Jojo Rabbit follows a lonely 10-year-old boy Jojo (Roman Griffin Davis) in Nazi Germany whose imaginary best Adolf Hitler (Waititi) eggs him on. But Jojo’s loyalties and beliefs are tested when he discovers that his mother (Scarlett Johansson) is hiding a young Jewish girl (Thomasin McKenzie) in their attic. The film also stars Rebel Wilson, Stephen Merchant, Alfie Allen, and Sam Rockwell. During my interview with Taika Waititi, he talked about why he didn’t pitch the film to anyone, how Fox Searchlight would only make the film if he played Hitler, why he wanted to tell the story in an unusual way, when he figured out the tone of the film, what he was feeling when he first started editing, and more.

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