The tragicomedy looks to tap into Carell's dramatic acting chops, as seen in transformative roles in Foxcatcher and Battle of the Sexes as well as his phenomenal emotion in Beautiful Boy alongside Timothée Chalamet. In Marwen, Carell plays Mark Hogancamp, an artist and photographer who recovers from a violent assault by building a miniature World War II village called Marwencol.
The trailer shows a weary and intriguing Carell, worn out and extremely vulnerable in the sequelae of his attack. Surrounded by a world of figurines, it's set to be a story that lives and dies on its main actor's credibility.
Leslie Mann joins a world-weary Steve Carell in Welcome to Marwen
Carell will be joined by a number of fantastic women to tell Mark's story. Leslie Mann (Knocked Up, 17 Again), Eiza González (Baby Driver) and Gwendoline Christie (Star Wars) complete an all-star cast – as well as musician Janelle Monáe, with a welcome return to the big screen following her enigmatic presence in Hidden Figures and Moonlight.
Behind the camera, Robert Zemeckis adds Marwen to his eclectic and iconic filmography. From Forrest Gump to Back to the Future, there's no pinning down the director's choices, allowing for an anticipation which favours the unexpected. He co-writes the script with Caroline Thompson, who penned a number of Tim Burton's classic films including Edward Scissorhands and Corpse Bride.
In a marriage of trauma and recovery, maturity and innocence, light and dark, Welcome to Marwen promises a bittersweet look at a man reckoning with reality by building a version of his own. It's a peculiar premise with Action Man as an immediate reference point – but it's in safe hands. As long as Carell is on board, we are too.
|What||Welcome to Marwen: Steve Carell's new film with Robert Zemeckis|
11 Jan 19 – 11 Jan 20, TIMES VARY
|Price||£ determined by cinemas|
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