Heath Ledger was in the middle of filming The Imaginarium of Doctor Parnassus with director Terry Gilliam when he passed away. He had a major role in the film and there was much speculation over what would happen to the movie as a result of his death. Now the folks at /Film have the answer:
All of the rumors, concerns and speculation regarding how Heath Ledger’s unfortunate passing would be addressed in director Terry Gilliam’s The Imaginarium of Doctor Parnassus, in which Ledger had a major role, can now cease. AICN is reporting that three actors will pay tribute by filling in the remainder of Ledger’s performance (to me, this conjures Bob Dylan and I’m Not There), and those actors are Johhny Depp, Jude Law, and Collin Farrell.
In the film, Ledger’s character reportedly falls through a “magical mirror” into an alternate reality, and thus the caveat of these three actors’ interpretations is further supported. But even sans that plot point, this could turn out to be a quite inspiring and tasteful send off to the young actor.
I’ve loved most of the films Terry Gilliam has made over the years so I’m happy to hear they’ve found a way to finish this latest one and pay tribute to an actor lost before his time. I wasn’t a huge Heath Ledger fan, but this is a pretty cool way to pay tribute to him.