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Scarlett Johansson Joins Taika Waititi For New Movie (That's Not 'Black Widow' ...)

By Tori Preston | Film | March 29, 2018 | Comments ()

By Tori Preston | Film | March 29, 2018 |


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Taika Waititi has already seemingly done the impossible (proved there’s room in the MCU for a fresh, interesting, and funny Thor film that people genuinely care about), but he’s not resting on his laurels just yet. His follow-up may prove to be another seemingly impossible task: making a lighthearted, satirical, imaginative romp through Nazi-era Germany!

And no, it’s not called What We Do In The Shadows Of The Third Reich, sadly. It’s called Jojo Rabbit, and it’s about a “10-year-old boy figuring out how to fit in in an increasingly fascistic Germany and creating an imaginary friend as a result,” according to The Hollywood Reporter. Waititi wrote the script, and his fellow Marvel family member Scarlett Johansson is in final negotiations to star as the boy’s mother.

And look — I’ll watch it. Even that one sentence description, paired with what I know of Waititi’s style, makes me insanely curious. BUT WHAT IF Johansson and Waititi enjoy working together? WHAT IF they get to chatting about, oh I dunno, that Black Widow stand-alone movie that’s in development. WHAT IF they realize that Waititi has an angle on it, and could get it off the ground?

I know, I know. Don’t count your cart before your horses hatch or whatever. And besides, Black Widow really deserves a female director to go with the female writer they’ve already hired. But if Marvel did decide to hire a dude, Waititi is probably one of the only male directors I wouldn’t be entirely mad at.



Tori Preston is deputy editor of Pajiba. She rarely tweets here but she promises she reads all the submissions for the "Ask Pajiba (Almost) Anything" column at advice@pajiba.com.


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