Game of Thrones' Alfie Allen is the latest star to join the cast of Taika Waititi's WW2 satire Jojo Rabbit. Adapted from the book Caging Skies by New Zealand author Christine Leunens, Jojo Rabbit concerns a young boy (newcomer Roman Griffin Davis) living in Nazi Germany who joins the Hitler Youth and comes under the sway of anti-semitic propaganda. But the boy's naive beliefs are challenged when he discovers his mother (Scarlett Johansson) has been harboring a young Jewish girl (Thomasin McKenzie) in their house.
Writer-director Taika Waititi has made it clear that Jojo Rabbit is a satire intended as a direct shot at racists, saying in a recent interview he is "excited to ridicule Nazis." Waititi himself will appear in the film, playing an imaginary version of Adolf Hitler concocted by the young protagonist's confused mind. Waititi recently shared the first image of himself as Hitler, sitting down for a nice family dinner with Scarlett Johansson. The movie also stars Sam Rockwell and Rebel Wilson as Nazis.
As reported by Deadline, Jojo Rabbit has now added one more Nazi to the cast. Game of Thrones' Alfie Allen will appear in the film as Finkel, the second in command to Rockwell's Captain Klenzendorf. Additionally, Deadline reports that Allen has joined the cast of How to Build a Girl alongside Lady Bird breakout Beanie Feldstein. That movie stars Feldstein as a sad girl who remakes herself as a scathingly opinionated music critic.
For Alfie Allen, playing a Nazi in Jojo Rabbit should come relatively easily after his years on Game of Thrones playing Theon Greyjoy, a character known for treachery and viciousness before he was castrated and broken down by the even-more-vicious Ramsay Bolton. Recently though, Theon has become something of a sympathetic character after earning the respect of his soldiers at Dragonstone and setting off to rescue his sister Yara from Euron. If nothing else, the Theon possible redemption arc demonstrates Alfie Allen's dexterity as an actor. Later this year, Allen gets to battle genetically enhanced alien big game hunters in Shane Black's reboot The Predator.
With each new bit of casting news and behind-the-scenes glimpse, Jojo Rabbit looks like a more and more intriguing project. Taika Waititi's satiric chops will undoubtedly be tested as he tackles the tricky subject of Nazi Germany while himself playing an imaginary Adolf Hitler who is meant to be "goofy and charming." Fox Searchlight has yet to give the film a release date.