A preview from Dreams: the Terry Gilliam fanzine
by Phil Stubbs
OCTOBER 2007 – here’s a preview of Terry Gilliam’s forthcoming feature, now in preproduction – including cast details, a synopsis and a detailed concept drawing.
The Imaginarium of Dr Parnassus is set in the present day, and tells the story of Dr Parnassus and his extraordinary ‘Imaginarium’, a travelling show – where members of the audience get an irresistible opportunity to choose between light and joy or darkness and gloom. The script is written by Gilliam with Charles McKeown, who both wrote the script to The Adventures of Baron Munchausen.
Here’s the cast, four of whom have worked in Gilliam pictures before. There’s much to look forward to, including the prospect of Tom Waits as the devil incarnate. Christopher Plummer is the eponymous doc, and inventive Heath Ledger returns to work with Gilliam following his work on Brothers Grimm.
Heath Ledger as Tony
(was in Brothers Grimm)
as Dr Parnassus
(was in Twelve Monkeys)
Verne Troyer as Percy
(was in Fear & Loathing)
Andrew Garfield as Anton
Lily Cole as Valentina
and Tom Waits as Mr Nick
(was in The Fisher King)
The concept drawing below shows the ‘Imaginarium’ – an old, colourful horse-drawn theatre, contrasting with its post-industrial backdrop.
The synopsis below contains minor spoilers: