Tuesday, February 24, 2009

Heath Ledger's last film awaits deal for U.S. release

It's being reported today by Reuters that Heath Ledger's final screen performance in The Imaginarium of Doctor Parnassus is having trouble finding a US distributor. The problem appears to be related to director Terry Gilliam's inconsistent bankability rather than the actual quality of the film itself. Gilliam's last two films, Tideland and The Brothers Grimm, both ended up losing millions of dollars.

The film's producers are hoping to capitalize on the recent ground swell of interest in Ledger since his death. It's an interest that isn't going to be subsiding any time soon since his posthumous Oscar win on Sunday night for his masterful portrayal of the Joker in last summer's The Dark Knight.

In The Imaginarium of Doctor Parnassus Heath Ledger plays a magician in traveling theater company that always gives their audience more than what they bargained for. The films cast includes Johnny Depp, Jude Law and Colin Farrell all of whom, through some rewrites and given the films fantasy premise, will be completing Ledger's role which was left unfinished after his death last last January. Also starring is Christopher Plummer in the title role, Vern Troyer, and Tom Waits.

On a touching note, Depp, Farrell, and Law all donated their salaries for the film to Heath Ledger's daughter Matilda in an effort to secure her financial future.

Click here to read the full story from Reuters.

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