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Ledger’s “Parnassus” Finally Coming to U.S.?

It looks like Heath Ledger’s last film, The Imaginarium of Doctor Parnassus, will finally be getting a stateside release. After months of speculation on whether or not the film would see a US release, it seems that Sony has pulled out their sizable wallet. The Sony Pictures Worldwide Acquisitions Group is in the final stages of talks to acquire the film. The plan is to have the movie out theatrically by the end of this year.  It will be released by Sony’s “Sony Classics” division. When the film played out of competition at the Cannes Film Festival a few months ago, several studios screened the film but it had no buyers at the time.  According to Variety, the news of the sale could be official sometime this week.  The Terry Gilliam directed “Parnassus, is getting released later this year in Europe, Australia and New Zealand.

I just saw the trailer for the film, and it definitely looks like a Terry Gilliam movie. It’s a very trippy looking film. The movies production design looks amazing, and it’s sporting a top notch cast. It has three of my personal favorite actors in it, with Johnny Depp, Colin Farrell and of course, Oscar-winner Heath Ledger. I’m definitely looking forward to this, and hope it gets picked up this week, so we get a release date soon. What do you think? Are you looking forward to Ledger’s last performance?

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Three Clips of Heath Ledger’s ‘Imaginarium of Dr. Parnassus’

Heath Ledger’s final film role in The Imaginarium of Dr. Parnassus has had quite a bumpy ride. Obviously Ledger’s tragic premature death threw the prospects of the film completely in flux. In stepped Colin Farrell, Jude Law and Johnny Depp to complete the role begun by Ledger. The film made its debut at the Cannes Film Festival in May to ho-hum reviews and since has struggled to find a distributor. It appears the film has finally been picked up and should hit stateside around Christmastime.

At the moment, the completed film hasn’t even released a trailer, but we don’t have to wait any longer for film footage to grace our eyes. Courtesy of Yahoo! Movies, we can present to you three clips from the upcoming film, capturing Heath Ledger’s final performance. Unfortunately, only the first clip actually features Ledger as Tony, an outsider who joins the traveling theater troupe bringing The Imaginarium along with it.

Terry Gilliam directs the film and although I’m not his biggest fan, I’m happy to finally see some footage from the film. Of course, it’s obviously great to see Ledger onscreen again, even if it is just one last time.

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