The new trailer for the fantastical drama Welcome to Marwen starring Steve Carell is out, and we get an extended look at Janelle Monáe's importance to the film.
Welcome to Marwen is based on a true story and stars Carell as Mark Hogancamp, a doll photographer and artist who is attacked by neo-Nazis. The attack leaves him without his memories. "Putting together pieces from his old and new life, Mark meticulously creates a wondrous town where he can heal and be heroic. As he builds an astonishing art installation—a testament to the most powerful women he knows—through his fantasy world, he draws strength to triumph in the real one."
One of the prominent features of the film is how Mark's doll version is supported and protected by a band of women compatriots, including Monáe's character, GI Julie. In real life, Julie is a wounded veteran and, as you can assume from the trailer, she's probably also Mark's physical therapist. But in Mark's doll world, she's one of the brave women who helps Mark's doll persona take down the Nazis in a forever-ending World War II scenario.
Welcome to Marwen is directed by Robert Zemeckis and also stars Leslie Mann, Eiza González, Diane Kruger, Gwendoline Christie, Merritt Wever and Neil Jackson. The film is produced by Steve Starkey, Jack Rapke and Cherylanne Martin via Zemeckis' Universal-based ImageMovers banner. The film is executive produced by Jackie Levine and Jeff Malmberg, the latter of whom directed the 2010 documentary that inspired the film.
Welcome to Marwen will be in theaters November 21.