Scarlett Johansson is in final negotiations to star in Taika Waititi‘s follow up to Thor:Ragnarok, the Fox Searchlight film JoJo Rabbit. While Waititi has reportedly been offered several movies to direct after the success of his foray with Marvel, he’s made it clear that this film that he also wrote and will star in, will be his next project.
JoJo Rabbit is set during World War II and focuses on a young German boy who finds out that his mother (Johansson) is hiding a Jewish girl in their home. Waititi will reportedly star as the boy’s imaginary friend who is Adolf Hitler, though he’s a projection of a boy confused by Nazi propaganda and who misses his father.
This will be a step away from Johansson’s recent work with Marvel and in action films like Ghost In The Shell, and it will be interesting to see what kind of tone the film takes. Waititi has proven to be an eccentric filmmaker able to blend genres together, but with subject matter like this one would think the film would take a more serious tone, even with the presence of an imaginary friend.
Waititi has been filming the pilot of his What We Do In The Shadows series, but was reportedly able to meet with Johansson prior to production to discuss the role. Focus now shifts to casting the role of the young boy. Production on the film is set to begin this Spring.