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Heath Ledger's Projects in Question

Posted: January 24th, 2008 by WorstPreviews.com Staff
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Hours after Heath Ledger's untimely death, crew members on the Vancouver set of his new fantasy adventure movie, "The Imaginarium of Doctor Parnassus," were sent home, a source tells Us Magazine.

"I just got the call [Tuesday] saying everyone was being let go," said the source. "We were supposed to start this weekend, but obviously they fired everyone today. They don't know yet what they are doing with the footage that was already shot."

Ledger was on a break from filming when he died Tuesday. Shooting had begun on the $30 million picture in London last December. He was last photographed on set January 19th.

Ledger was the biggest name in an ensemble cast including Christopher Plummer, Lily Cole and Tom Waits. Itís the story of an ancient traveling show which arrives in modern London with a magical mirror that can transport its audience into fantastical realms of the imagination.

Plummer plays the impresario Doctor Parnassus, and Ledger took the role of a mysterious outsider who joins the troupe on a quest through parallel worlds to save the doctorís daughter (Cole) from the clutches of the devil (Waits).

Ledger's involvement in the project was a key factor in raising the finance. He had a strong relationship with Gilliam from their last pic together, "Brothers Grimm."

In November 2000, Gilliam was forced to abandon his $32 million indie project "The Man Who Killed Don Quixote" after just a week of shooting, when his star Jean Rochefort was too ill to continue.

Ledger's death also came as he was working on what would have been his feature directing debut, an adaptation of the Walter Tevis novel "The Queen's Gambit," with British writer/producer Allan Scott. The leading role of a young female chess prodigy had been offered to Oscar nominee Ellen Page. Ledger, himself a highly rated chess player, was due to play a supporting role.

Cilck here to read more about "The Imaginarium of Doctor Parnassus."

Source: Us Magazine, Variety


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