Playing Hitler wasn’t exactly his call. He’d wanted to adapt Christine Leunens’ Caging Skies ever since his mother suggested he read it back in 2010. As he was pursuing the movie, his studio Fox Searchlight said they’d only make it if he took on the role. The movie follows a young boy (Jojo, played by Roman Griffin Davis) in the Hitler Youth who discovers there's a Jewish girl hiding in his attic—and starts to see the errors in his imaginary friend’s thinking. It’s also like a lot of Waititi’s previous films: a well-balanced mix of humor and heart."I wanted to make a film that has dramatic elements and comedic elements within something that might mean something," he says. "I didn't want to make just a standard depressing film about World War II. There are enough of them, and I really didn't feel like I was contributing to the conversation."
What else is Waititi interested in doing? WIRED met up with him to talk about his upcoming roles in Suicide Squad, Thor: Love and Thunder, and beyond.