The first trailer for “Welcome to Marwen” hit the Internet Wednesday, and it’s clear why Acton native Steve Carell has been getting early Oscar buzz.
“Welcome to Marwen” is based on the true story of Mark Hogancamp, a man whose life was shattered in 2000 after he was beaten within an inch of his life outside a bar for being a cross-dresser. Hogancamp later awoke from a nine-day coma with no memory of who he was or how to perform basic human functions. To cope with the overwhelming trauma, Hogancamp built an elaborate 1/6-scale model of a World War II village he called Marwencol (shortened to Marwen in the film), populated by doll versions of people he knew in real life.
In the trailer, we see Carell at various stages of Hogancamp’s life, from the dramatic beating to a museum gallery where the surprisingly realistic photographs of his model village are on display.
While it’s entirely too early to make any calls in the 2019 Oscars race, Awards Watch and IndieWire say Carell should be in the conversation for a best actor nomination.
Directed by Robert Zemeckis (“Forrest Gump,” “Cast Away”) and costarring Leslie Mann (“Knocked Up,” “This Is 40”) and Janelle Monae (“Hidden Figures,” “Moonlight”), “Welcome to Marwen” will hit theaters Nov. 21.