Taika Waititi shares a first look at his portrayal of Hitler in Jojo Rabbit

Taika Waititi shares a first look at his portrayal of Hitler in Jojo Rabbit
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Taika Waititi has taken to Instagram to share the first on-set pictures from his new film, Jojo Rabbit.

The Kiwi filmmaker plays Adolf Hitler in the movie, who appears as the imaginary friend of a young boy living in Nazi Germany during WWII.

Taika posted a production still showing his version of the dictator, dressed in Nazi uniform, at a dinner table with Scarlet Johansson's character and her on-screen son, played by Roman Griffin Davis.

"Possibly the weirdest dinner I've ever been to," he captioned the snap.

Earlier this month, the Thor: Ragnarok director marked his first week of filming with an Instagram photo of him pulling the finger at a poster of Hitler.

"Week one down of our anti-f**kface satire, Jojo Rabbit," he wrote.

"Can't wait to share it with the world. Also, what better way to insult Hitler than having him portrayed by a Polynesian Jew?"

Taika's father is father is Māori of Te Whānau-ā-Apanui, while his mother is of Russian Jewish heritage. In his early career, he sometimes used Cohen as his surname - his mother's maiden name.

In a statement announcing the start of principal photography, Taika said he was very happy that the film was going to "piss off a lot of racists".

The director and writer will feature along a star-studded cast including Scarlett Johansson, Sam Rockwell and Rebel Wilson.

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