Taika Waititi took to social media this morning to share the first photo from his upcoming World War II satire Jojo Rabbit, which began shooting in and around Prague, the capital of the Czech Republic, earlier this month. The film features an all-star cast that includes Scarlett Johansson, Sam Rockwell, Rebel Wilson, Thomasin McKenzie, and introduces Roman Griffin Davis as the title character.
“Possibly the weirdest dinner I’ve ever been to,” Waititi captioned the photo, which shows him in character as Adolf Hitler, sporting the infamous Toothbrush mustache and Nazi uniform, alongside Johansson and Davis as the film’s central mother-son duo.
According to the film’s official synopsis, the story follows an awkward, young German boy named Jojo raised by a single mother whose only ally is his imaginary friend Hitler. However, Jojo’s naïve patriotism is tested when he meets a young Jewish girl whom his mother is hiding in their home, upending his worldviews and forcing him to face his biggest fears.
“I’m stoked to begin shooting my anti-war satire. We’ve assembled an incredible cast and I couldn’t be more excited to finally ridicule Nazis and their beliefs. This film is going to piss off a lot of racists and that makes me very happy,” Waititi said in a statement earlier this month when the film first began shooting.
Jojo Rabbit does not currently have a release date but is expected to be released by Fox Searchlight sometime in 2019. You can check out the first look photo above.
YouTube forced to remove ‘The Nun’ jump-scare ad after getting complaints from terrified users
On Monday, YouTube announced that it had removed a video advertisement for The Nun, the upcoming next installment in The Conjuring franchise, for being in violation of their shocking content policy. However, it appears the ad in question only came to the video-sharing site’s attention after scaring the bejesus out of some very unsuspecting users.
“Warning! If you see an ad on YouTube with the volume sign being turned down and nothing else, it’s a jump-scare for The Nun movie coming out,” one Twitter user wrote last week. “I advise you look away and or turn down the volume if you have anxiety or just straight up hate jump-scares.”
Just a few days later, the official Twitter account for Team YouTube responded to the tweet, which has been retweeted more than 136,000 times since Sunday, saying that the advertisement was no longer running on their ad network.
The ad isn’t gone altogether from YouTube, though, as it has been reuploaded to the platform by dozens of users, one of which says they were “shook” after seeing the six-second clip at 3 a.m. one night. It begins with a volume icon going up and down against a black background before a horrifying, shrieking demonic-looking nun appears out of nowhere.
If you’re brave enough, you can check out the ad for yourself below. Don’t say we didn’t warn you, though.
Viola Davis leads Steve McQueen’s female-centric heist thriller in a riveting new ‘Widows’ trailer
Regency Enterprises and 20th Century Fox have released the trailer for Widows, the star-studded thriller from director Steve McQueen which features an ensemble cast that includes the likes of Viola Davis, Michelle Rodriguez, Elizabeth Debicki, Cynthia Ervio, Colin Farrell, Brian Tyree Henry, and Daniel Kaluuya, among others.
Described as a “blistering, modern-day thriller set against the backdrop of crime, passion, and corruption,” Widows follows four women with nothing in common except a debt left behind by their dead husbands’ criminal activities. Set in contemporary Chicago, amid a time of turmoil, tensions build when Veronica (Davis), Linda (Rodriguez), Alice (Debicki) and Belle (Erivo) take their fate into their own hands and conspire to forge a future on their own terms.
“Steve was interested in doing his own version of a gangster film,” New Regency president and CEO Brad Weston told The Hollywood Reporter back in 2014 when the film was still in development. “It felt fresh to him to combine a contemporary, hard-hitting, very grounded gangster movie with four strong female characters. We loved it because that’s who Steve is. He sees things differently.”
Co-written by McQueen along with Gone Girl author Gillian Flynn, Widows also stars Garrett Dillahunt, Carrie Coon, Jacki Weaver, Jon Bernthal, Manuel Garcia-Rulfo, Robert Duvall, and Liam Neeson. The film will open in theaters just in time for awards season on November 16.
Laura Dern is in talks to join the star-studded cast of Greta Gerwig’s ‘Little Women’ adaptation
Greta Gerwig is looking to add yet another A-lister to her already star-studded cast for her upcoming adaptation of Little Women as THR reports Laura Dern, who recently picked up an Emmy nomination for her performance in HBO’s The Tale, is in talks to join the film.
It was announced earlier this summer that Gerwig would be stepping behind the camera once again to write and direct Little Women, which will reunite the actor-turned-filmmaker with two of her Lady Bird stars, Saoirse Ronan and Timothée Chalamet.
The film, which also stars Meryl Streep, Emma Stone, and Florence Pugh, takes place in post-Civil War America and follows the lives of four sisters—Meg, Jo, Beth, and Amy March—and details their journey from childhood to womanhood.
The story is based on the novel of the same name written by Louis May Alcott and has been adapted into several feature films, the most popular being the 1994 version starring Winona Ryder, Christian Bale, Susan Sarandon, and Kirsten Dunst.
Amy Pascal is producing Little Women alongside Denise Di Novi and Robin Swicord. Andrea Giannetti will oversee the production for Columbia Pictures, who will release the film next Christmas on December 25, 2019.