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Aug092009

Heath Ledger in The Imaginarium of Doctor Parnassus (Trailer and Poster)

This is an odd one. Even though Heath Ledger died during the filming of The Imaginarium of Doctor Parnassus about two years ago, the film was finished anyway. How, you ask? Well, they rewrote it so that Heath Ledger's character, Tony, transformed into different people each time he entered a different realm. Johnny Depp, Jude Law, and Colin Farrell will each have the lead for a portion of the film. Is this a good idea? Man, I don't know. This story certainly seems odd enough to accommodate it though. Terry Gilliam directed and co-wrote the film. He directed and many classic Monty Python films, including The Life of Brian and Monty Python & The Holy Grail.

Doctor Parnassus is a pretty odd concept, but here we go. Dr. Parnassus (Christopher Plummer) is a 1,000-year-old man (I'd be a doctor too, if I were that old) running a travelling theater show. But instead of the usual magic act, the Doctor's show actually takes its audience on a journey to different dimensions and realities using a magic mirror. Unfortunately, to make his Imaginarium possible, Parnassus made a deal with the devil (Tom Waits). He must not have paid up or something, because soon his daughter is stolen and it's up to Tony (Heath Ledger, Johnny Depp, Jude Law, Colin Farrell) to find her by travelling through the worlds of the Imaginarium. Here's the trailer (after the jump).

The film is due out Oct. 17th in the UK and Dec. 25 in the United States. It was going to release this summer, but did pretty well at the Cannes Film Festival earlier this year, so they pushed it back. Here's hoping they don't botch up Heath Ledger's only posthumous performance. (After the jump are two international posters for the film.)

I can't find an English poster for Doctor Parnassus but here are two international posters.

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