Forrest Gump, Cast Away and Back to the Future director Robert Zemeckis is back with Welcome to Marwen, a film that looks to perfectly balance his passion for emotional stories and opportunities for innovative filmmaking.
Based on the true story of Mark Hogancamp, who was the subject of the under-seen 2010 documentary Marwencol, Welcome to Marwen tells the story of a man who is brutally attacked and left with brain damage. He finds a route to recovery by constructing a miniature World War II village in his yard.
If the trailer below is this emotional, we’ll definitely need the tissues when heading to see the film on the big screen. It looks absolutely wonderful. The visual effects and the creative elements are no doubt a calling card, but it’s the touching story that will ultimately make this what it is, as well as Carell’s strong-looking performance. We can’t wait.
Welcome to Marwen, also starring Leslie Mann, Diane Kruger, Merritt Wever, Janelle Monáe, Eiza González, Gwendoline Christie, Leslie Zemeckis, and Neil Jackson, opens in the US on the 21st of November and arrives in Australia on the 10th of January 2019.
Official synopsis for Welcome to Marwen:
Academy Award®-winning filmmaker Robert Zemeckis (Forrest Gump, Flight, Cast Away) directs Steve Carell in the moving true story of one broken man’s fight as he discovers how artistic imagination can restore the human spirit.
The screenplay for Welcome to Marwen was written by Caroline Thompson and Zemeckis, while Oscar®-winning producer Steve Starkey (Forrest Gump, Flight), Jack Rapke (Cast Away, Flight), and Cherylanne Martin (The Pacific, Flight) of Zemeckis’ Universal-based ImageMovers banner produce alongside the director. It is executive produced by Jackie Levine, as well as Jeff Malmberg, who directed the riveting 2010 documentary upon which this film is based.