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Could Depp Step in for Ledger in His Final Role?

Written by: Big Ross, CC2K Staff Writer

ImageSource: The Sun

Such is the report today in The Sun. Heath Ledger, recently found dead in his New York residence, had not completed filming on what was to be his last role in Terry Gilliam’s The Imaginarium of Dr. Parnassus.

According to The Sun, Johnny Depp is wanted by Gilliam to continue the portrayal of Ledger’s role, citing a “studio source” as saying,

“There is a point in the film when Heath falls through a magic mirror. He could change into another character after that and that is where Johnny would come in. It’s a weird, fantasy, time-travel movie so Heath’s character could easily change appearance. It would be a poignant moment.”

I’m no expert on Gilliam’s films, but I know his reputation, and this does sound like something that would fit perfectly into his project. And if the alternative is getting another actor and re-shooting all of Ledger’s scenes, this would seem a more fitting tribute to the tragically lost young actor.

Of course, this is The Sun were talking about, so take this news with a grain of salt. If we’re able to confirm it, we’ll let you know.