is back, more than a year after the Australian actor died in New York of an accidental overdose of prescription drugs. It’s magic, or more specifically it’s a role in the magic-
infused film “The Imaginarium of Doctor Parnassus,” which was the 28-year-old star’s final movie role. As Johnny Depp says at the end of the trailer for the movie, “Nothing is permanent, not even death.”
The trailer landed on the Internet on Tuesday, offering a glimpse of Ledger’s final performance. Ledger died on Jan. 22, 2008, when filming was still unfinished on director Terry Gilliam’s “Imaginarium.” To finish the film, producers cast Depp, Jude Law and Colin Farrell in Ledger’s role of Tony, a man in a dream world who tries to rescue a 16-year-old girl claimed by the devil. The replacement actors pledged to donate their salaries
to Ledger’s 3-year-old daughter, Matilda.
Ledger played another role requiring a series of actors when he starred as singer Bob Dylan in the 2007 film “I’m Not There.”
Ledger portrayed the film’s detached, 1970s version of Dylan, but in that case director Todd Haynes was not forced to cast more than one actor for the role, he just wanted to.
“Imaginarium” hits theaters on Oct. 16. Will it generate the kind of frenzied interest that Ledger’s role as The Joker contributed to the July 2008 opening of “The Dark Knight”? It surely won’t hurt. See the trailer below.