The increasingly busy Taika Waititi already has his next project lined-up, and no, it’s not Thor: Love and Thunder. Before the director returns to the Marvel Cinematic Universe, he’ll direct the sports dramedy Next Goal Wins. And that’s not all: Waititi wants Michael Fassbender to star. Fassbender is in talks to join the film, which is based on the documentary of the same name and focuses on the national football team of American Samoa.
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It’s been over ten years since Brad Pitt’s Lt. Aldo Raine instructed audiences that the “Nazi ain’t got no humanity” in Quentin Tarantino’s Inlgourious Basterds. In the decade that followed, we watched as a quaint, yet uproarious tale of obliterating Nazis turned from celluloid fantasy to real-world nightmare. Various films have tackled the real-world threat of the revival of insidious ethnonationalist ideology, most notably Spike Lee’s BlackKklansman in 2018, which drew a direct parallel between the inability to fully extinguish the insidious threat of white nationalism in the 1970s to the 2017 neo-Nazi march in Charlottesville that claimed the life of Heather Heyer.
Whether past is prologue or merely an instruction manual to navigate recurring and unresolved social tensions, it was hard to ignore the spectre of Nazi Germany at the 2019 Toronto International Film Festival. Václav Marhoul’s The Painted Bird, a bleak story of a young Jewish boy wandering Eastern Europe after being separated from his parents during World War II, reportedly prompted mass walkouts. Dan Friedkin’s Lyrebird, acquired by Sony Pictures Classics, made fewer waves with its story of how a member of the Dutch resistance investigated art stolen by the Nazis.
But by far the most notable films to grapple with the Third Reich came from Fox Searchlight’s two most pedigreed ponies for the fall season, Taika Waititi’s Jojo Rabbit and Terrence Malick’s A Hidden Life. On the surface, these films could not appear more different. Waititi’s energetic, irreverent style is at one formal extreme, and Malick’s reverential, brooding aesthetic represents another. Yet the films share more than just their obvious similarity of depicting characters quietly resisting the authoritarian impulses of Nazi Germany. Both, in their own way, celebrate the power of the individual to make a difference in the fight against evil regimes.
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For months now, we’ve been slowly hearing about who would be part of the ensemble cast of The Suicide Squad. We don’t know if James Gunn‘s movie is a sequel or a reboot or something in between, but now we officially have the full roster for the cast straight from the director himself. Get the full list of The Suicide Squad cast below. Read More »
Before he brings Love and Thunder back to the Marvel Cinematic Universe, Taika Waititi will be testing the limits of the Disney dominion over 20th Century Fox with his upcoming World War II satire, Jojo Rabbit. The buzzy dark comedy, which Waititi directs and stars in as the imaginary best friend of an awkward young German boy (Roman Griffin) growing up during World War II. But the twist: Waititi’s imaginary friend just happens to be Adolph Hitler. It’s an absurd premise that perhaps only the Thor: Ragnarok and Hunt for the Wilderpeople director could pull off. Watch the new Jojo Rabbit trailer below.
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James Gunn‘s Suicide Squad sequel is hoping to recruit an exciting new addition: Taika Waititi. The filmmaker/actor is reportedly in talks to join the film, which stars Margot Robbie, Idris Elba, and Viola Davis. There’s no word on which character Waititi might play, or how big a role that is, but honestly, we’re always happy for some Taika action.
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Update: Sources close to the project have shared a few more details about the film with us, including the title and premise. We’ve added these to our original article below.
Taika Waititi is feeling a lot of love (and thunder) from Hollywood lately. After rejuvenating the Thor franchise with the critically acclaimed box office smash hit Thor: Ragnarok, Waititi has been constantly in demand, recently working with Fox Searchlight to direct a highly anticipated Nazi satire Jojo Rabbit. Waititi will be teaming up with the studio again for a secret untitled project that he is set to write and direct.
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Taika Waititi is preparing to head back into the Marvel Cinematic Universe with Thor: Love & Thunder. But before that, the filmmaker is heading to the Toronto International Film Festival to premiere his latest film, the darkly comedic satire Jojo Rabbit. He’ll be up in Canada with the film’s all-star cast, and while he’s in town, TIFF wanted to give him a special award: the first-ever TIFF Ebert Director Award. Read More »
Before Taika Waititi returns to the Marvel Cinematic Universe, he’ll give us Jojo Rabbit, a sure-to-be-buzzed-about dark comedy. Waititi directs and co-stars in the film about a young German boy during World War II who has an imaginary friend – an imaginary friend who just happens to look exactly like Hitler. Sam Rockwell, Scarlett Johansson, Rebel Wilson, Stephen Merchant, Alfie Allen, Leave No Trace breakout Tomasin McKenzie, and newcomer Roman Griffin star along with Waititi. Watch the Jojo Rabbit trailer below.
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After giving Thor and entirely new direction and style with Thor: Ragnarok, we know director Taika Waititi will be back for a fourth installment of the god of thunder’s film franchise thanks to a report earlier this week. Thor 4 is the first time a film series in the Marvel Cinematic Universe will go past the third installment, and at their big Comic-Con panel in Hall H this weekend, Marvel Studios gave us just a little tease about what’s in store for Thor, and it involves a little bit of Love & Thunder.
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Rick and Morty won’t be back on Adult Swim until November, but since they had a Comic-Con panel this week, creators Justin Roiland and Dan Harmon were happy to tease one of the upcoming episodes with a clip that features one of the show’s new guest stars. In the first Rick and Morty season 4 clip, Jerry and Morty are dealing with an alien named Glootie (voiced by Taika Waititi), who has apparently helped them launch some kind of successful app. But in the clip, Jerry and Morty have decided it needs to be taken down, and Glootie isn’t very helpful. Watch below to see what happens. Read More »