“Imaginarium” Resumes Filming

Heath Ledger in IMAGINARIUMMTV.com reports on the resumption of filming on IMAGINARIUM, which shut down months ago after the death of star Heath Ledger. As had previously been suggested, the remainder of Ledger’s role will be completed by three different actors: Colin Farrell, Jude Law, and Johnny Depp. Since Terry Gilliam’s film is a fantasy with a magic mirror that transports characters into different dimensions, it is possible to cast all three actors and also retain the footage of Ledger, who died of a drug overdose midway through production.

“I am delighted that Heath’s brilliant performance can be shared with the world,” director Terry Gilliam has told the BBC, revealing that production resumed Monday on “The Imaginarium of Doctor Parnassus,” the fantasy film Ledger was shooting when he died.

Gilliam, who Ledger credited with reinvigorating his passion for acting on the set of the 2005 flick “The Brothers Grimm,” has vowed that despite his leading man’s death, the show will go on. Last month, Colin Farrell, Jude Law and Johnny Depp signed on to help complete the film, agreeing to portray various aspects of Ledger’s character, Tony. Ledger himself had done something similar in one of his final films, sharing the role of Bob Dylan with Cate Blanchett, Christian Bale and others for “I’m Not There.”

Following the suspension of principal photography in January, Gilliam had stated his intention to keep the “Brokeback Mountain” star’s abbreviated performance intact and claims that his existing script can make the multiple Tony characters work. “[I hope] to touch people’s hearts and souls as Heath was able to do,” the acclaimed “Brazil” filmmaker told the BBC. “I am grateful to Johnny, Colin and Jude for coming onboard and to everyone else who has made it possible for us to finish the film.”

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Steve Biodrowski

Cinefantastique's Los Angeles Correspondent from 1987 to 1993 and West Coast Editor from 1993 to 1999. Currently the webmaster of Cinefantastique Online, I also run a website called Hollywood Gothique that covers Halloween Horror and Sci-Fi Cinema Events in the Los Angeles area.

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