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Taikia Waititi spoofs Hitler in 1st 'JoJo Rabbit' trailer

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Danielle Haynes
Taika Waititi plays Adolf Hitler, the imaginary friend of a young boy who joins the Hilter Youth army during World War II. File Photo by Christine Chew/UPI
Taika Waititi plays Adolf Hitler, the imaginary friend of a young boy who joins the Hilter Youth army during World War II. File Photo by Christine Chew/UPI | License Photo

July 23 (UPI) -- New Zealand filmmaker Taika Waititi spoofs Nazi dictator Adolf Hitler in a trailer released Tuesday for his new movie JoJo Rabbit, starring Scarlett Johansson, Rebel Wilson and Sam Rockwell.

The Thor: Ragnarok and What We Do in the Shadows director plays a bumbling Hitler, the imaginary friend of a boy who joins the Hitler Youth army during World War II. The boy, JoJo (Roman Griffin Davis), is bullied by fellow group members, who call him a rabbit.

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"Let them say whatever they want!" Waititi's Hitler tells the young JoJo, who's upset about the teasing. "People used to say a lot of nasty things about me. 'Oh, this guy's a lunatic. Look at that psycho, he's going to get us all killed.'"

JoJo's admiration for Hitler is challenged when his mother, played by Johansson, decides to hide a young Jewish girl (Thomasin McKenzie) in their home.

Rockwell plays Cpt. Klenzendorf, who runs a Nazi camp, while Wilson plays Fraulein Rahm, one of the camp's instructors. Alfie Allen (Game of Thrones) and Stephen Merchant (Logan) also appear in the film.

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The film is based on the novel Caging Skies by Christine Leunens. It's set for an Oct. 18 release in theaters.

Waititi's also been tapped to direct Thor: Love & Thunder, the fourth installment of the franchise, starring Natalie Portman as the new incarnation of the titular superhero, and Chris Hemsworth and Tessa Thompson. He's also making a live-action adaptation of Akira, which has yet to announce casting.

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