Terry Gilliam's THE IMAGINARIUM OF DOCTOR PARNASSUS
Terry Gilliam next fantastical foray comes in the form of THE IMAGINARIUM OF DOCTOR PARNASSUS starring Heath Ledger, Johnny Depp, Jude Law, Colin Farrell, and Christopher Plummer as the titular character. Doctor Parnassus, the leader of a traveling theater troupe that offers audience members a chance to go beyond reality through a magical mirror in his possession, makes a Faustian bargain with the devil in exchange for immortality. 1000 years later, the devil comes to collect his due by targeting the doctor’s daughter. When a mysterious stranger named Tony (portrayed by Ledger, Depp, Law, and Farrell) joins the imaginarium, the troupe embarks upon parallel worlds to rescue the girl.
Production was suspended upon Ledger’s death in January 22, 2008. Actors Johnny Depp, Colin Farrell and Jude Law were cast to replace Ledger, portraying the new idea of transformed versions of Ledger’s character, Tony, traveling through a magical realm. With the role recast, filming resumed in Vancouver in March 2008. Depp, Farrell, and Law opted to redirect their wages for the role to Ledger’s young daughter, Matilda, and Gilliam dedicates the film to Ledger in the film’s credits.
THE IMAGINARIUM OF DOCTOR PARNASSUS opens October 16, 2009.