The Women of Marwen

Janelle Monaé, Leslie Mann, Diane Kruger star

BY: Claire Connors

When the first trailer for the fantasy drama, Welcome to Marwen hit the internet, people went wild. Previewing a stop-action mashup with live-action, the intriguing true story immediately, well, intrigued. You may actually remember the horrific tale as it was happening. In 2000, Mark Hogancamp was brutally attacked, leaving him near death, and ultimately, with no memory. Unable to afford any kind of therapy, Mark created a intricate and detailed miniature WWII-era town in which he and his made-up characters live. His fantasy world saved his life.

Once Mark’s story started to spread, he soon was the subject of newspaper articles, books, and a documentary, Malwencol, which was released in 2010.

This December, the fictionalized version will be released, just in time for the holidays and Oscar consideration. Starring Steve Carrell, who is on quite a hot streak right now, as the damaged Mark Hogancamp, and five phenomenal actors playing his female friends and characters in Marwen. Here are the Women of Marwen.

Eiza González


One of the only women in last year’s sizzling action thriller, Baby Driver, was the relative newcomer, Eiza González. Well, she’s a fledgling no more! Since that film, in which she played a luscious, potty-mouth bank robber, the Mexico City-born performer has booked eight new projects, including Welcome to Marwen.

Leslie Mann
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This hilarious red head has been making us laugh for years in comedies like Knocked Up, The 40-Year-Old Virgin, and This Is 40. Based on the trailer for Marwen, Leslie appears to be a member of both of Mark’s worlds and perhaps his love interest. Next year, Leslie stars in the 50s crime drama, Motherless Brooklyn, under the direction of actor Edward Norton and alongside both Norton and Bruce Willis.

Diane Kruger


Fresh off the fantastic reviews for her terrorist film, In the Fade, Diane returns in Marwen as Deja Thoris, another of Mark’s fantasy characters. The Austrian actor has two other “true story” films coming out this year: JT Leroy, based on the true story about the celebrated writer, JT Leroy, and Butterfly in the Typewriter, about the troubled author John Kennedy Toole, who wrote what many consider a literary masterpiece, A Confederacy of Dunces.

Gwendoline Christie

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Game of ThronesBrienne of Tarth is shaking off that armor in her role as Anna in Welcome to Marwen. Of course, we’ve heard her commanding voice in the current Star Wars films, playing Captain Phasma, and she’ll be appearing in the sic-fi thriller, The Darkest Hour in early August. But we’ll have to wait until 2019 to see her back in the saddle in GoT.

Janelle Monáe

Janelle Monae Portraits

We have just one question: Is there anything that Janelle Monáe can’t do? The model, singer, actor, and activist released her third album, Dirty Computer, last April, along with a 46-minute film of the same name. Set in a dystopian future, it follows Monáe’s android character, Jane 57821, as she tries to escape a homophobic society with lovers Zen and Ché (Tessa Thompson and Jayson Aaron). We can’t wait to see what she does with GI Judy, her tough-girl character in this feel-good movie.

Welcome to Marwen opens December 21st.