Wednesday, February 20, 2008

The Imaginarium of Doctor Parnassus


Last month it was assumed that Terry Gilliam's film The Imaginarium of Doctor Parnassus, which had begun filming in London and was set to move to Vancouver, would not survive the death of it's star Heath Ledger. Some predicted that perhaps the role would be completed digitally, using CGI. The Ed Wood approach was another possibility (when Wood lost his leading man Bela Lugosi after shooting only two minutes of usable footage for Plan 9 From Outer Space, he promptly cast a replacement a foot taller and cloaked him in a Dracula-like cape). It turns out Gilliam plans to persevere, using the multi-actor approach of Todd Solondz and Todd Haynes. Solondz' 2004 film Palindromes featured eight different actors (of different ages, races and sexes) playing the main protagonist, Aviva, a thirteen year old girl. Last years Dylan biopic I'm Not There by Todd Haynes featured six actors (including Ledger) and one actress portraying Bob Dylan. Gilliam is set to tap Jude Law, Colin Farrell and Johnny Depp to complete Ledger's role.

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