Gilliam’s Parnassus Back In Action

Filming has resumed on Terry Gilliam’s modern-day fantasy adventure “The Imaginarium of Doctor Parnassus”. The production shut down after the sudden death of actor Heath Ledger late January says the trades.

The production had completed most of its filming in the United Kingdom in December and January with Ledger in the lead role. A few more weeks of green screen work was required in Vancouver starting at the end of January, but everything was put on hold upon word of Heath’s death.

Rumors that Johnny Depp, Colin Farrell and Jude Law will participate in the completion of the film have been confirmed and in a statement the producers claim that “at no point will Heath’s work be modified or altered through the use of digital technology”.

So what are they doing? “The format of the story allows for the preservation of his entire performance… each of the parts played by Johnny, Colin and Jude is representative of the many aspects of the character that Heath was playing.”

The story has characters passing from contemporary London through a magic mirror into parallel worlds of the imagination. Ledger had completed all the real world sections, with the other three actors playing physically transformed versions of his character when he passes into the other worlds.

The cast also includes Christopher Plummer, Verne Troyer, Andrew Garfield, Lily Cole and Tom Waits.