'Doctor' is in for Hoyts in Oz

Picks up rights to Heath Ledger's last role

CANNES -- Hoyts will be taking Australian Heath Ledger's last acting role home after sealing Aussie rights to the Terry Gilliam-helmed "The Imaginarium of Doctor Parnassus."

The movie has been picking up heat during the market, with sales house Mandate International also inking deals with Lionsgate for the U.K. and Showgate for Japan on the picture.

Ledger's untimely demise at the age of 28 in January threw the picture's future into question, but he will remain in the movie despite shooting only a small part of the movie. Johnny Depp, Jude Law and Colin Farrell joined the "Parnassus" cast after Ledger's death, playing different version's of Ledger's character, once he has passed through a magical mirror.

The movie was written by Gilliam and Charles McKeown and is produced by William Vince, Amy Gilliam and Samuel Hadida as an official Canadian-U.K. co-production.
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