Ledger’s last film in limbo

Heath Ledger on the set of The Imaginarium of Doctor ParnassusThe movie Heath Ledger was filming, The Imaginarium of Doctor Parnassus, has been brought to a halt due to his sudden death. Ledger had just flown back from filming in London and was due to continue the production, directed by Terry Gilliam, in Vancouver on Monday. Producers have not yet decided whether to recast his role or whether to scrap the film entirely. Ledger played a man who joins a traveling theater group in order to save a young woman from the Devil. His appearance as The Joker in The Dark Knight, which opens July 18th, had been completed.

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  1. Nabeel Mohd • January 27, 2008 @ 4:30 AM

    I am very sad to hear that he is no more. I think the world will always remember him what a outstanding role he played in bareback mountain. Surely hell be always in my heart. May his soul rest in peace (Ameen)

  2. maggie Brooks • January 27, 2008 @ 7:55 AM

    No words could ever convey, the loss that his loved onnes are enduring this very sad moment. His family, knows how much of a loss this will be, and we the public can relate to a degree.. We knew of him, of his work but not truly who he was as a man. Enlight of this, my heart, prayers and love goes to his family,and those that held him dear. God Bless, He will be Missed.

  3. 69 • January 27, 2008 @ 9:29 AM

    Director Terry Gilliam has asked his friend, Johnny Depp to take over the role.
    This is a fantasy time travelling movie and there is a part where Heath’s character falls through a magic mirror. As a result, Gilliam can use the power of movie magic by switching actors. Brilliant idea!
    R.I.P. Heath.

  4. slathe • January 27, 2008 @ 2:59 PM

    honestly, ive never been a big fan of his movies, but it is always sad to hear about somones death. but to every tragedy comes an advantage,… there wont be a sequel to “a knights tale” or ” brokeback mountain”, i couldnt stand those movies.

    RIP heath, you will be missed

  5. sk8tergirl • January 27, 2008 @ 4:05 PM

    Oh well. We will miss you Heath.

  6. filmstudent • January 27, 2008 @ 7:46 PM

    although I didn’t like brokeback mountain I think it was a challenging and controversial role for him to take and a brave and courageous move. I respect him greatly for that. I also think that as an actor his talents will be missed and to replace his character in Gilliam’s movie is a spit in the face. It should be either reshot or scraped, pulling a switch is a cheap and insulting move. I will watch The Dark Knight with a heavy heart as one of his last performances.
    to a veteran of acting at 28, rest in peace and may those christian radicals to protest at your funeral rot in hell.

  7. interestica • January 27, 2008 @ 9:42 PM

    release the footage online….and let fans create a film out of the available footage.

    it’ll be a challenge to create a narrative out of half the movies footage.

    release the best film in theaters.

  8. Anonymous • January 28, 2008 @ 10:10 AM

    When Jean Harlow died in June 1937, her last film was unfinished. They eventually decided to complete it with the use of a voice and body double. They chose to do this because fans insisted on seeing Jean one last time. The film was titled Saratoga and it ended up being the top-grossing movie that year.

    In these days of CGI, it should be relatively easy to complete the film without Heath. This could be done if he’s already shot a fair amount of his scenes. But if shooting had only recently begun, that might be a big problem.

    Tyrone Power had already shot 60% of the movie Solomon and Sheba when he suddenly died in late 1958. Recast? Scrap the movie altogether? They chose to recast the role and started all over again.

    Could any of these “plan B” possibilities happen nowadays?

  9. Karen • January 28, 2008 @ 11:45 AM

    They say he had heart failure and that the level on his toxicology reports were low so it couldn’t be a drug overdose. He had a heart attack. I am glad I am wrong. He just doesn’t seem the type like those others. You never heard that kind of stuff about him. We all know a heart attack can happen to anyone at any age. They say that they can’t find a history of heart disease. Not like that matters in this day and age. It would be nice if they did use a body double and voice over. Its one of his last films. If they can’t do that then they should scrap it out of respect for him. It would be nice to see it if they happen to do the first option. One of my favorite movies of his is A Knight’s Tale. He will be missed. I couldn’t believe it when I first read that he passed. It still seems surreal.

  10. Joshua • January 28, 2008 @ 11:05 PM

    I have taken much from this man’s death. I being 24 am shocked into an action that could change my life forever. I hope that perhaps i can make something good come of this tragic event and add my art to the industry. I love yeah Heath and hope i can make you and your family proud. May you rest in peace, we are all thinking of you.

  11. Anonymous • January 29, 2008 @ 5:02 AM

    How’s that crow taste, Karen?

  12. SpotMatrix • January 29, 2008 @ 9:35 PM

    Brandon Lee died halfway through filming The Crow. Somehow they managed to finish that one without him. maybe they will do the same with this movie.

  13. Karen • January 29, 2008 @ 10:09 PM

    Just fine anon…just fine…I would rather be proved wrong than right especially in cases like these. He was a great actor. One of the best and he will be missed. It was a hell of a shock for me to read it last Tuesday. I read it twice to make sure I was reading right. Normally, I do not get affected by stuff like this. I did the same with Brandon Lee…I was like, what? No way. You know they say the good die young. There must be a reason for that.

  14. Anonymous • January 30, 2008 @ 9:20 AM

    Wow, not the reply I was expecting,Karen. I thought you’d get all pissy over my crow comment! You surprised me with a very cool and mature answer, thanks!

  15. Anonymous • January 30, 2008 @ 2:29 PM

    Anyone here old enough to remember Jon-Erik Hexum? He shot himself with blanks on the set on the tv series ‘Cover-Up’ in October 1984. He foolishly thought that blanks would be harmless. He was 26.

  16. Karen • January 31, 2008 @ 1:10 AM

    I remember that! Man, I feel old.

  17. Anonymous • January 31, 2008 @ 3:47 PM

    and he was so good looking too – better looking than heath.

    let’s all do the limbo!!!

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