Scarlett Johansson is in final negotiations to star in Fox Searchlight’s World War II film Jojo Rabbit. The project is Taika Waititi’s follow-up to Thor: Ragnarok. The story centers on a young German boy in Hitler’s army who finds out that his mother, to be played by Johansson, is hiding a Jewish girl in their home.
While Waititi has been offered several films following the success of Thor: Ragnarok, the director made it clear that Jojo Rabbit would be his next film.
With Johansson now on board, Waititi will now look to cast the young boy role. Production is expected to start this spring.
The film would mark a change of pace for Johansson, who has been focused on action and comedy movies, including last year’s Ghost in the Shell, and Sony comedy Rough Night.
Johansson will next be seen in Avengers: Infinity War, and in Wes Anderson’s animated film Isle of Dogs. She also recently signed on to Focus drama Reflective Light.