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The announcement that Sony and director Marc Webb have chosen Andrew Garfield to be the new Peter Parker in Spider-Man came as a bit of a surprise. A welcome surprise to many of us, as the young actor is among the best of the crop of talent that was being considered for the role. But when his biggest role is in Terry Gilliam’s The Imaginarium of Doctor Parnassus — hardly a blockbuster — Garfield may seem like a choice out of left field to some.

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The Imaginarium of Doctor Parnassus Domestic Trailer

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Finally, there’s a US trailer for Terry Gilliam‘s The Imaginarium of Doctor Parnassus. Which, to a lot of you will mean: finally, there’s a trailer that gives too much away and tries to hard to sell the movie as something it might not be. But that’s neither here nor there. In fact, it’s not a problem at all. Read More »

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After Heath Ledger‘s death, Terry Gilliam came up with a brilliant plan to salvage his film The Imaginarium of Doctor Parnassus: he would keep the footage he’d already shot of Ledger’s character in the movie’s ‘real world’ sequences, and cast a new actor, or as it turned out, actors, to fill out the film’s fantasy sequences. Gilliam recently revealed that one of the actors who was interested in the job was Tom Cruise. Obviously, he didn’t get the job. Why not? Read More »

Heath Ledger in The Imaginarium of Doctor Parnassus

/Film reader David D sent over this new photo of Heath Ledger in his last movie, Terry Gilliam‘s The Imaginarium of Doctor Parnassus. You can also watch the previously released teaser trailer/featurette here.

The Imaginarium of Doctor Parnassus is a fantastical morality tale, set in the present day. It tells the story of Dr Parnassus and his extraordinary ‘Imaginarium’, a traveling show where members of the audience get an irresistible opportunity to choose between light and joy or darkness and gloom. Blessed with the extraordinary gift of guiding the imaginations of others, Dr Parnassus is cursed with a dark secret. Long ago he made a bet with the devil, Mr Nick, in which he won immortality. Many centuries later, on meeting his one true love, Dr Parnassus made another deal with the devil, trading his immortality for youth, on condition that when his first-born reached its 16th birthday he or she would become the property of Mr Nick.

Valentina is now rapidly approaching this ‘coming of age’ milestone and Dr Parnassus is desperate to protect her from her impending fate. Mr Nick arrives to collect but, always keen to make a bet, renegotiates the wager. Now the winner of Valentina will be determined by whoever seduces the first five souls. Enlisting a series of wild, comical and compelling characters in his journey, Dr Parnassus promises his daughter’s hand in marriage to the man that helps him win. In this captivating, explosive and wonderfully imaginative race against time, Dr Parnassus must fight to save his daughter in a never-ending landscape of surreal obstacles – and undo the mistakes of his past once and for all.

Quick Stop Entertainment has, what is being billed as the first teaser trailer for The Imaginarium of Doctor Parnassus, but most people would probably consider it more of a featurette as it lacks proper footage. Terry Gilliam gives us an introduction to the world of his next film, through a combination of photos and concept art.

The Imaginarium of Doctor Parnassus is a fantastical morality tale, set in the present day. It tells the story of Dr Parnassus and his extraordinary ‘Imaginarium’, a travelling show where members of the audience get an irresistible opportunity to choose between light and joy or darkness and gloom. Blessed with the extraordinary gift of guiding the imaginations of others, Dr Parnassus is cursed with a dark secret. Long ago he made a bet with the devil, Mr Nick, in which he won immortality. Many centuries later, on meeting his one true love, Dr Parnassus made another deal with the devil, trading his immortality for youth, on condition that when his first-born reached its 16th birthday he or she would become the property of Mr Nick.

Valentina is now rapidly approaching this ‘coming of age’ milestone and Dr Parnassus is desperate to protect her from her impending fate. Mr Nick arrives to collect but, always keen to make a bet, renegotiates the wager. Now the winner of Valentina will be determined by whoever seduces the first five souls. Enlisting a series of wild, comical and compelling characters in his journey, Dr Parnassus promises his daughter’s hand in marriage to the man that helps him win. In this captivating, explosive and wonderfully imaginative race against time, Dr Parnassus must fight to save his daughter in a never-ending landscape of surreal obstacles – and undo the mistakes of his past once and for all.

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…

Johnny Depp

Jude Law

Colin 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.

Terry Gilliam's The Imaginarium of Doctor Parnassu

The first official photo from Terry Gilliam‘s The Imaginarium of Doctor Parnassus has been revealed on the film’s official website (DoctorParnassus.com). Production on Imaginarium was stopped after the accidental death of the film’s star Heath Ledger. Gilliam hopes and plans to finish the film without removing Ledger’s footage. The launch of the official website and this first production photo is probably his way of saying to the world “look, it’s still happening.” Click on the image above to enlarge. The stage as set looks very much like the production art that has been floating around the interwebs for a months (seen below).

Terry Gilliam's The Imaginarium of Doctor Parnassu

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An image for Terry Gilliam‘s The Imaginarium of Doctor Parnassus has appeared online; actually, only half of the image, as the other half will apparently be conjoined on the film’s official site this weekend. A source close to the film purportedly told Quick Stop that the massive influx of web traffic caused its site to crash earlier today. I experienced this firsthand, though several friends on both coasts and outside America did not. The image, as is, is worth a look after the jump.

I remember the first images I came across early on for Gilliam’s The Brothers Grimm, and they gave me a flop-type vibe. In contrast, this image and the set design, the detail, gives me an optimistic feeling. Might it be clicking after all? I particularly like the “Eye of Providence” at the top of the stage’s marquee, and the cardboard topiary is at once creepy, ethereal and believably makeshift. The mannequin-like display here, the druid-like illustrations, it’s all antique haunted house vibes via a nomadic-sage-stage. Gilliam’s vision feels cohesive in the construction. It’s just half a pic, though, obviously. Just my gut speaking. Hi gut. Your gut’s thoughts?

Whatever its are, this film’s marketing strategy seems to have taken out a different page compared to The Dark Knight; increasing its exposure online and keeping it consistent with the flood it received shortly after lead star Heath Ledger‘s untimely passing. It’s an indie affair, so I don’t find it tasteless, just curious. Will this film be good? Can it be?

View the image after the jump…

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