Ledger, Plummer join Gilliam's 'Doctor'

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Former Monty Python man Terry Gilliam's next project behind the lens, "The Imaginarium of Doctor Parnassus," has conjured a cast including Heath Ledger, Christopher Plummer and Tom Waits.

The project producing team of William Vince, Amy Gilliam and Paris-based producer and distributor Samuel Hadida said Wednesday that securing Gilliam behind the lens was key for the project billed as a fantasy adventure.

Lily Cole, Andrew Garfield and Verne Troyer will also star in the project scheduled to begin shooting in London in December before moving to Vancouver.

Hadida said: "In a time when so many films follow set formulas, Terry's imagination and visual gifts are priceless."

The movie details the story of Dr. Parnassus (Plummer) who has the gift of guiding the imaginations of others and has been dancing with the devil (Waits), who is about to come and collect on the arrangement.

Said Gilliam: "This fun and humorous story about the consequences of our personal choices in life will resonate worldwide."

Gilliam is collaborating with writing partner Charles McKeown on the script.

"Working with Samuel, Amy and William, I am supported in our shared belief and passion in making this special film, Gilliam said. "Embarking into the world of a modern fantasy adventure I can't think of a better team working together."

Los Angeles based Mandate International is handling sales at AFM.

Arsenal's John Ptak and Dave Valleau from Infinity brokered the deal between Vince, the Gilliams and Hadida.
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