Sam Rockwell and Scarlett Johansson are starring in a Nazi satire, directed by Thor: Raganok‘s Taika Waititi. Plus, Hugh Jackman and Zoe Saldana are lending their voices to a new Laika animated movie.
Here’s some of the latest casting news from the week:
A Nazi Youth Camp Comedy? Sign Me Up
Hot off his Oscar win for his turn as a racist cop in Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri, Sam Rockwell is starring with Scarlett Johansson in the Fox Searchlight satire Jojo Rabbit, directed by Taika Waititi.
According to The Hollywood Reporter, the premise centers on a boy named JoJo who desperately wants to be part of the Hitler’s Youth movement during WWII – so much so that he has an imaginary Hitler as a friend, played by Waititi. That alone is going to be worth it because Waititi is hilarious. He voiced one of the CG characters in Thor: Raganok and nearly stole the show.
This kid, however, discovers a Jewish girl living in his attic, and, after initially trying to find ways to get rid of her, begins to see her as human. Johansson plays JoJo’s mother who is secretly part of the Resistance. And Rockwell’s part? He is playing a Nazi captain who runs a Hitler Youth camp. So, either another villainous role for the actor or maybe the captain isn’t so bad. I’m thinking he is bad, though. I’m definitively keeping a lookout for this movie.
Hugh Jackman, Zoe Saldana to Star in Next Laika Animated Movie
The Laika Entertainment, headed by CEO Travis Knight, has found a quiet little niche in the animation genre. They take their time, never rushing movies out – and all their movies have been critical successes, from Coraline to ParaNorman to Kubo and the Two Strings.
Now they’ve got a new one coming out and it’s going to include vocal talents of Hugh Jackman, Zoe Saldana and Zach Galifianakis. As of now, it’s being called Film Five, and although the plot hasn’t been revealed in total, THR reports it’s being described as a globe-trotting comedy-adventure “bursting with humor, heart and a profound message of acceptance and finding one’s place.”
“Our next film represents an evolutionary shift for Laika,” Knight said in a statement. “It’s an exciting bridge to our future. Director Chris Butler and the wizards at Laika have crafted a moving work of art, layered with wit and imagination and soul. Plus it’s really, really funny.” So there you go.
Knight recently stepped away from Laika to direct the live-action Transformers spinoff movie, Bumblebee, for Paramount, which stars Hailee Steinfeld and is set for release December 21.
Amy Adams Is the ‘Woman in the Window’
Amy Adams’ next movie The Woman in the Window doesn’t sound ominous at all. Riiight. Directed by Darkest Hour Joe Wright, the film is adapted from the best-selling novel of the same name by A.J. Finn, who clearly was influenced by Alfred Hitchcock’s Rear Window. According to THR, Adams will play a child psychologist and alcoholic, who has severe agoraphobia and hasn’t left her home in months. When she thinks she witnessed a horrible crime with her new neighbors, no one seems to believe her – and she starts to doubt it herself. This is a type of movie that has been done before, but with Wright and Adams participation, it could be intriguing.
Battlestar Galactica‘s Katee Sackhoff Returning to Space
This should please many fans of Katee Sackhoff, who was hugely popular as Starbuck on the Syfy reboot of Battlestar Galactica in 2004. She’s going to star in the Netflix series Another Life as an astronaut leading a dangerous mission. According to THR, she and her crew are “on a mission to explore the genesis of an alien artifact. As she and her young crew investigate, they face unimaginable danger on what might very well be a one-way mission.” Why not? Always up for a good sci-fi show.