Wednesday, September 26, 2007

Who Is Going To Play Heath Ledger's Love Interest In The Imaginarium Of Dr. Parnassus?

It looks like Terry Gilliam is lining up a cast and crew for the Imaginarium of Dr. Parnassus
even while the funding is being chased. I reported a while back that Tom Waits was Gilliam's number one selection for the title role, with Heath Ledger giving the mysterious-romantic lead part. Now, after a bit of chasing and e-mailing, it seems that I can confirm who Gilliam and his producers have attached as the female lead.

It's the model (and since the St. Trinians remake at least, actress) Lily Cole. I don't know if she simply came in and read for Gilliam, or if he saw some footage of her in St. Trinians or if, basically, she's been attached at this stage to attract funding but I'm told that she's been lined up and is getting shipped around as part of the 'package', with Gilliam, the script, Ledger and Waits.

I've no idea what's going on with the money (anybody who does, please drop me a line) but, fingers crossed, things are moving in the right direction and a new Gilliam film is approaching. There's a story about Hugh Grant's involvement in the film that I'm still trying to chase down and when I do find something, anything out, I'll let you know.

In the meantime, here's a couple of Lily Cole pictures so you know who on earth it is they're lining up to kiss on Heath.


Anonymous said...

She looks like she's from another planet... in a good way.

Good to hear there's actual movement on this film!

Is Waits really up for the lead? I would think he'd make a better Mr. Nick. I'd imagined someone English as Parnassus, someone like Jonathan Pryce or Bill Nighy (perfect choice). Even someone like Jim Broadbent could work.

Keep that news coming, Brendon!


Brendon said...

I agree with your comments, Max, but unless there's some confusion at the other end, my conversations have indicated pretty clearly that Waits is up for the role of Dr. himself.