Steve Carell to star in Robert Zemeckis' adaptation of Marwencol
It's been several years since we last heard any big news about Robert Zemeckis' upcoming adaptation of Jeff Malmberg’s 2010 documentary MARWENCOL, but thanks to The Wrap we finally have a face and a name for the starring role as Steve Carell has signed on for Robert Zemeckis' film of the same name.
For those of your not familiar, Marwencol is the name of a 1/6-scale World War II-era Belgian town that Mark Hogancamp built after being attacked and nearly beaten to death by 5 men outside a bar. The attack put him in a coma for 9 days and upon waking left him with numerous psychological and physical wounds in addition to severe memory loss; unable to afford therapy he began building Marwencol in his backyard and found that playing in this miniature world and photographing it was a way to recover his hand-eye coordination and deal with the psychic wounds of the attack.
While The Wrap doesn't specifically mention who Steve Carell will be playing I'd imagine that he will be stepping into the shoes of Mark Hogancamp. The actor has made quite the turn towards the dramatic in these past few years which culminated in his award-winning role in FOXCATCHER, so I can only imagine we'll be seeing more of these types of roles in Carell's future.
Robert Zemeckis is putting the finishing touches on THE WALK, due out October 2, 2015, but with the news of Carell's casting I'd imagine that MARWENCOL will be his next project. Check out the trailer for Jeff Malmberg’s documentary below: