Steve Carell Joins Robert Zemeckis' Adaptation of 'Marwencol' Doc
Back in 2013 we learned that Cast Away and Back to the Future director Robert Zemeckis was going to be at the helm of Marwencol, an adaptation of the documentary of the same name which played South by Southwest and won the Best Documentary award. At the time, Zemeckis was hoping to get Leonardo DiCaprio in the lead role as Mark Hogancamp, a man who decides to build a a one-sixth scale model of a World War II-era town called Marwencol in his backyard. However, The Wrap reports it will be Steve Carell signing on for the lead role in the film written by Edward Scissorhands scribe Caroline Thompson.
So what's so special about a movie following a guy who builds a model? Well, Hogancamp had his memory erased due to a vicious assault that included several sever blows to the head. The model was a coping mechanism as he found comfort in populating the model town with dolls that felt real to him, their "actions" acting as a therapeutic way of dealing with the psychological demons that still resonated in his life following the assault. I wonder if that means we'll see scenes with the dolls brought to life as if they were real. It's not clear how soon the film will get off the ground, but it could be Zemeckis' next project. Stay tuned.