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First Look: The Imaginarium of Dr. Parnassus

As director Terry Gilliam says in this teaser video, his fantastical movie The Imaginarium of Dr. Parnassus is "full of magic and wonder, the stuff of dreams." Now having caught a few clips from the movie at Comic-Con (and you can check them out after the jump), I think that's even putting it mildly. This is a lush, dark, whimsical and chilling film that I think we'll feel more than just watch.

Most people know this movie as "Heath Ledger's Last Appearance," and after his death, three high-profile actors (Johnny Depp, Jude Law, Colin Farrell) stepped in to complete his role. As for the actual plot, it follows an immortal doctor (played by Christopher Plummer) with a traveling theatrical group and a magical mirror who must give up his daughter (Lily Cole) to the devil (Tom Waits) on her sixteenth birthday. Ledger/Depp/Law/Farrell play a masked supporting character named Tony (after Tony Blair).

In San Diego, Gilliam explained some more about the movie and Ledger's involvement:

I don't think it's ever happened before that a main actor dies, and three A-list actors come in and take over his part. It tells you how much they cared about him. It was unbelievably brave and foolish. There was no time to prepare. We had Johnny for one day, three and a half hours. He just came in and did it. I'd shown them some clips of some of the stuff that Heath had done. I didn't know that it was going to work, but it did.

There's so much luck involved with this movie. . . . Each one of the choices that were forced upon us improved the film. I've been saying Heath co-directed it — he forced me to do all these things differently, to make a better film than I was making.

The movie opens in the UK Oct. 16. The clips are cool to watch, so to check them out,


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tellmemorex2 tellmemorex2 7 years
Wow this looks beautiful, I cant wait for it to come to the States..I love Lily Cole as a model, & it looks like she'll be good in this movie too!
boredgourdless boredgourdless 7 years
Love the look of the film! Such imagination and creativity!
gruaig_rua gruaig_rua 7 years
It looks magical and ridiculous and I can't wait to see it!!
lizlee89 lizlee89 7 years
ok, are you frickin kidding me?!!!!!!!!!!!! first of all, Christopher Plummer is a rock star (how sexy and talented is he in The Sound of Music); Tom Waits as the Devil (?!); Johnny, Heath, Jude, ANDDDDDDD Collin (it's like a whos-who of sexy artists); and Terry Gilliam helming it?! wow...
kiwitwist kiwitwist 7 years
this is going to be amazing... sad to see Heath :( such a loss
oohsexypenguin oohsexypenguin 7 years
I can't wait to see this movie. I'm sure it will be amazing.
DrDishevel DrDishevel 7 years
I have been confused by the context of these clips but I do like the bill thingy for his nose,its so long and fasionable. Crazy stuff. Dr. Dishevel
sidra5397 sidra5397 7 years
Interesting but since I have no idea what the context of any of these clips are I'm also very confused. :]
darlene darlene 7 years
Can't wait to see this movie!
marleenguillen marleenguillen 7 years
cant wait!
DeppObsession DeppObsession 7 years
this is going to be amazing! Really excited :)
mediaddict000 mediaddict000 7 years
Look awesome! I can't wait to see it.
nancita nancita 7 years
I am very excited for a new Terry Gilliam movie, and this really looks well-cast.
shafiii shafiii 7 years
this is going to be amazing! i am so excited!
supertramp supertramp 7 years
I hope this movie gets a release date in the US soon. I'm dying to see it.
californiagirlx7 californiagirlx7 7 years
I can't wait for this movie! I think my head is going to explode from seeing Johnny, Heath, Colin, and Jude all in one movie.
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