Tuesday, March 11, 2008

Doctor Parnassus Resumes

Shooting has restarted in Vancouver on Terry Gilliam's "The Imaginarium of Doctor Parnassus", says Variety. As previously reported, Johnny Depp, Colin Farrell and Jude Law have all stepped in to replace the late Heath Ledger.

The decision to use three actors to replace Ledger was made possible because of the fantastical nature of the story, in which characters pass from contemporary London through a magic mirror into parallel worlds of the imagination.

Ledger had completed filming the "realistic" sections, so Depp, Farrell and Law will play physically transformed versions of his character when he passes into the other worlds.

In a statement, producers William Vince, Amy Gilliam and Samuel Hadida said: "Since the format of the story allows for the preservation of his entire performance, at no point will Heath's work be modified or altered through the use of digital technology. Each of the parts played by Johnny, Colin and Jude is representative of the many aspects of the character that Heath was playing."

Gilliam said, "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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