“The Imaginarium of Dr. Parnassus”: Starring Tom Waits?

In El Pais, Terry Gilliam reports (if I’m not misreading the French) that his next project is The Imaginarium of Dr. Parnassus, starring Tom Waits and Heath Ledger. (This, according to Film Ick.)

Excellent. Waits had an unforgettable cameo (“I’m like a moral traffic light, really…”) in The Fisher King , my favorite Gilliam film, and I can’t wait to see him in a larger role. Gilliam and Waits are a match made in heaven. And while I must say I was surprised by this, Heath Ledger was the best thing about Gilliam’s The Brothers Grimm. So… as long as the script is in good shape, this could bring Gilliam back to greatness.

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Jeffrey Overstreet is the author of a “memoir of dangerous moviegoing” called Through a Screen Darkly, and a four-volume series of fantasy novels called The Auralia Thread, which includes Auralia’s Colors, Cyndere’s Midnight, Raven’s Ladder, and The Ale Boy’s Feast. Jeffrey is a contributing editor for Seattle Pacific University’s Response magazine, and he writes about art, faith, and culture for Image, Filmwell, and his own website, LookingCloser.org. His work has also appeared in Paste, Relevant, Books and Culture, and Christianity Today (where he was a film columnist and critic for almost a decade). He lives in Shoreline, Washington. Visit him on Facebook at facebook.com/jeffreyoverstreethq.


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