Stephen Merchant stars as a Gestapo agent in Jojo Rabbit

  • Bang Showbiz
  • 19 June 2018
Stephen Merchant (c) Instagram

Stephen Merchant (c) Instagram

British comedian Stephen Merchant is set to play a Gestapo agent in the eagerly awaited drama 'Jojo Rabbit'

Stephen Merchant is set to play a Gestapo agent in Taika Waititi's war-time satire 'Jojo Rabbit'.

The 43-year-old writer - who is, perhaps, best known for his award-winning partnership with fellow comedian Ricky Gervais - has been cast as Captain Deertz in the eagerly-awaited new movie.

Merchant posted an image of himself on his Instagram account wearing his on-screen attire and captioned the snap: "Here's me trying to look German for my part in JoJo Rabbit, new satirical comedy from the wonderful @taikawaititi. @jojorabbitmovie (sic)"

The new drama tells the story of a young German boy who is raised by his single mother, played by Scarlett Johansson.

The boy has an imaginary best friend, who is a version of Adolf Hitler.

Waititi, 42, recently teased details of his latest film project, saying it will will "p**s off a lot of racists".

He shared: "I'm stoked to begin shooting my anti-war satire.

"We've assembled an incredible cast and I couldn't be more excited to finally ridicule Nazis and their beliefs. This film is going to p**s off a lot of racists and that makes me very happy."

Taika - who is married to film producer Chelsea Winstanley - has also penned the new movie, which is being shot in and around the city of Prague in the Czech Republic.

In addition to Merchant and Johansson, 'Jojo Rabbit's star-studded cast also features the likes of Sam Rockwell and Rebel Wilson.

Jojo Rabbit

  • 5 stars
  • 2019
  • US
  • 1h 48min
  • 12A
  • Directed by: Taika Waititi
  • Cast: Roman Griffin Davis, Scarlett Johansson, Taika Waititi, Rebel Wilson, Thomasin McKenzie, Sam Rockwell, Stephen Merchant
  • UK release: 3 January 2020

Jojo (Davis) is a ten-year-old, obedient Nazi boy in WWII Germany whose mother (Johansson) is in the Resistance; Jojo reinvents Hitler (Waititi) as his oddball imaginary friend. Waititi ridicules Nazi ideology with aplomb, and as Jojo journeys towards enlightenment and reconnects with his humanity, it’s even rather…