Thursday, February 14, 2008

Depp, Farrell, Law Pay Tribute to Heath

The three actors have signed on to finish what Heath Ledger started with Terry Gilliam's The Imaginarium of Dr. Parnassus.

It appears that Terry Gilliam's latest film is not doomed after all. Initially it seemed the flick was bound to be canned due to the recent death of its star Heath Ledger. Ledger had finished shooting a portion of the script but died before filming was completed. It was then speculated that due to the film taking place in alternate realities Gilliam would cast a different actor to play the part in each reality. Johnny Depp was originally rumoured as one of the choices. I then heard word that Gilliam was thinking of using a completely CGI Ledger for most of the film, I had a hard time believing that and didn't think much of it.

It has now been revealed over at Ain't It Cool News that actors Johnny Depp, Colin Farrell (read MediaZEALOT's recent In Bruges Review), and Jude Law will step in to play Heath's character in each alternate reality.

This is great news. Terry Gilliam has had horrible luck with the shooting of his films, many have been forced to be shut down, and it looked like The Imaginarium of Dr. Parnassus would follow the same fate following Heath's death. Thankfully Depp, Farrell, and Law have stepped in to save the film.


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Anonymous said...

The thing that bothers me is: will people go see this movie because they actually want to see it, or are they going because it's the last movie Ledger played in?
It just seems as if the production will be making money just because Heath unfortunately passed away.

Larry_Chimp_Man said...

Well, I'm sure the film will earn more at the box office because of Ledger's death. However, the film would not have entered production in the first place if Davis Film did not think they could make money off of the film.

In short, it will capitalize on Ledger's death but do so unintentionally. Gilliam still wants to make his film and he's not one to simply make it for the cash at the end.

Thanks for the comment.

dares said...

I was worried that this movie would go the way of The Man Who Killed Don Quixote, so I'm glad that Gilliam will get to complete this picture without having to resort to a CGI Ledger.

Keith said...

The addition of those other studs is only going to help this movie seem more interesting. I'm going. I think those fuckers are dreamy.