Terry Gilliam’s (Monty Python and the Holy Grail, Brazil) The Imaginarium of Doctor Parnassus, otherwise known to every inhabitant of Earth as the talented Heath Ledger’s final and unfinished film, has released some new, cool-looking shots. These include glimpses of each of Ledger’s famous stand-ins, Jude Law, Johnny Depp and Colin Farrell.
One can’t help but wonder why three actors were cast to replace one, which brings me to my explanation of the film. A traveling theater troupe holds in its possession a magical mirror that it allows paying customers to step through into a wooooooooorld of puuuuure i-ma-gin-aaation. Said mirror was provided by the devil (who else would just be giving something like that away?), who comes for the payment previously promised and hightails it into the mirror with the daughter of the head of the theater troupe. Theater troupe pursues, and we got ourselves a movie.
Ledger plays an outsider who joins the group; each new mirror-world they pass through chasing the devil finds him with a new appearance. And there ya go.
I’m a big fan of Brazil (and think of it every time I pass through Philadelphia’s 30th St. Station, an inspiration for one of the film’s sets) and The Adventures of Baron Munchausen. That said, I’m expecting more fantastic, wonderfully imaginative visuals in Gilliam’s upcoming film.
These images do not disappoint. Who doesn’t like brilliant colors and detailed, dreamlike landscapes? Everyone looks like they’re having a great time in the shots (it seems all the replacements are wearing the same light-colored coat), except for Depp, who looks like he’s unmoved by his Frankenstein destroying the local village. Depp’s companion doesn’t look so thrilled either. The gentleman in the top hat is eccentric musician Tom Waits, who plays the devil (naturally).
On a semi-related note, our friends over at The Playlist who provided us with these pics, also mention that Gilliam has debunked the rumor that Colin Farrel will be replacing Depp in The Man Who Killed Don Quixote. For an explanatory quote from Gilliam on that, check out their story.
So, what do you think having three major movie stars replace Ledger in a single film? Will it be a cool homage/interesting opportunity to see four different skilled actors take on a single part or will the whole thing blow up?
The Imaginarium of Doctor Parnassus hits theaters on October 16, 2009.
Source: The Playlist