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Heath Ledger's final movie, The Imaginarium of Doctor Parnassus, debuted at the Cannes Film Festival earlier this year but never received an American distribution deal. Now Variety reports that it may be released before the year is out. Sony Pictures Worldwide Acquisitions Group may pick up the movie and distribute it via Sony Pictures Classics. An official announcement is expected later this week.
Ledger was filming the movie when he died unexpectedly in January 2008. Director Terry Gilliam (Fear and Loathing in Las Vegas, Brazil) then enlisted the help of Johnny Depp, Colin Farrell, and Jude Law, who stepped in to complete Ledger's role. They will represent transformations of Ledger's character, an enigmatic outsider who joins the traveling troupe of Dr. Parnassus and gives his audiences visions of alternate realities.
Also starring in the movie are Verne Troyer (aka Mini Me), Lily Cole, and veteran Christopher Plummer in the title role.
A short clip featuring Ledger that was released earlier this year and the official trailer follow.
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