Scarlett Johansson to star in Taika Waititi's newest movie Jojo Rabbit - reports

Taika Waititi and Scarlett Johansson
The Hollywood actress has reportedly signed on to star in Waititi's latest offering. Photo credit: Getty

Hollywood actress Scarlett Johansson will be reportedly starring in Kiwi director Taika Waititi's latest offering, Jojo Rabbit

Variety reports the Avengers star met with Waititi to discuss the role, and is currently in final negotiations to star as the young protagonist's mother. 

The World War II film will reportedly follow a German boy in Hitler's army who finds out that his mother (Johansson) is hiding a Jewish girl in their home.

Thor: Ragnarok director Waititi will also star in the film as the boy's imaginary friend; a 'Hitler' type figure invented by the young protagonist. 

The Boy and What We Do in the Shadows creator told The Wrap his role is the amalgamation of "a lonely boy's best version of his hero, which is really his dad". 

Waititi is on a Hollywood hot streak at the moment, hailed as one of the major creative forces behind Thor: Ragnarok, which earned close to US$855 million (NZ$1.18 billion) at the worldwide box office. 

Jojo Rabbit is due to start filming in late May. 

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