Fantasy becomes reality becomes fantasy in this wild first look at Oscar nominee Steve Carell (Foxcatcher) in Welcome to Marwen from Oscar-winning director Robert Zemeckis (Forrest Gump, Cast Away).
Based on the extraordinary 2010 Marwencol, Welcome to Marwen tells the story of an artist, Mark Hogancamp, who was savagely beaten outside a bar by neo-Nazis. He survived by was left penniless and brain damaged with significant memory loss.
As a part of his recovery, Hogancamp began creating a 1/6th World War II replica town in his backyard with himself as both hero and victim and replete with characters real and imagined.
In this first trailer for the feature film, Zemeckis has created a living doll reality that is a technological marvel – not surprising for a director known for merging fantasy and reality as he did in his Oscar-winning Forrest Gump.
In it, Hogancamp is assisted by the women of Marwencol (the film’s original title) including Leslie Mann, Merritt Wever, Eiza González, Gwendolyn Christie, Janelle Monáe, Leslie Zemeckis, and Diane Kruger.
Welcome to Marwen was written by Caroline Thompson and Robert Zemeckis; produced by Zemeckis, Steve Starkey (Forrest Gump, Flight), Jack Rapke (Cast Away, Flight), and Cherylanne Martin (The Pacific, Flight); executive produced by Diane Kruger, Steve Carell, Leslie Mann, Jackie Levine, and Jeff Malmberg, who directed the 2010 documentary.
Universal Pictures will release Welcome to Marwen on November 21st, 2018. Here is the first trailer and poster.