Ledger’s role goes to three stars

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Di­rec­tor Terry Gil­liam re­port­edly has come up with an in­ge­nious so­lu­tion for com­plet­ing The Imag­i­nar­ium of Doc­tor Par­nas­sus, which was in pro­duc­tion when lead­ing ac­tor Heath Ledger died of an ac­ci­den­tal over­dose last month.

In the fan­tasy film, Ledger’s char­ac­ter is trans­ported into three sep­a­rate di­men­sions, which he ac­cesses via a para­nor­mal mir­ror. In th­ese new worlds, his char­ac­ter will be played by Johnny Depp, Jude Law and Colin Farrell. Coin­ci­den­tally, in the re­cent I’m Not There, Ledger was one of six ac­tors play­ing dif­fer­ent ver­sions of Bob Dylan.

Gil­liam has yet to set a date for restart­ing the film, which also stars Christo­pher Plum­mer, Tom Waits, Lily Cole and Andrew Garfield.

Rus­sians must wait for Katyn

The Rus­sian re­lease of Katyn, the new film from vet­eran Pol­ish di­rec­tor An­drzej Wa­jda, has been de­ferred for po­lit­i­cal rea­sons. Nom­i­nated for best for­eign-lan­guage film at next Sun­day’s Os­cars, and screened in Dublin last Sun­day, Katyn drama­tises the mas­sacre of 22,000 Poles by Stalin’s se­cret po­lice in 1940.

The film, a ma­jor hit in Poland that reg­is­tered


more than 2.7 mil­lion ad­mis­sions, had been set to open in Moscow cine­mas on March 5th, the 55th an­niver­sary of Stalin’s death.

“We did not want this film to be screened on that an­niver­sary be­cause it would be re­ceived po­lit­i­cally, and dis­cus­sions af­ter­wards would not be about the film but its po­lit­i­cal im­pact,” says Wa­jda, whose fa­ther died in the 1940 mas­sacre.

Cil­lian Mur­phy to split in two

Cil­lian Mur­phy will co-star with Os­car nom­i­nee Ellen Page in Pea­cock, writer-di­rec­tor Michael Lan­der’s in­trigu­ing-sound­ing psy­cho­log­i­cal thriller. It is set in a Ne­braska town. Mur­phy’s char­ac­ter has a split per­son­al­ity and fools the lo­cal peo­ple into be­liev­ing that his al­ter egos are man and wife.

Juno star Page plays a young mother who holds the key to his past and sparks a bat­tle be­tween his per­son­al­i­ties. Shoot­ing gets un­der way in May.

“Pea­cock stunned me as a script from start to fin­ish,” Mur­phy says. “It of­fers an in­cred­i­ble chal­lenge to an ac­tor – one I couldn’t turn down.”

Cotil­lard gun­ning for new role

Voted best ac­tress at Bafta last week and nom­i­nated for an Os­car on Sun­day, Mar­ion Cotil­lard has joined the cast of Michael Mann’s Pub­lic En­e­mies, which stars Johnny Depp as gang­ster John Dillinger and Chris­tian Bale as Melvin Purvis, who led the FBI hunt for him. Cotil­lard will play Dillinger’s lover, Bil­lie Frechette.

Shoot­ing starts on March 10th, and the cast in­cludes Chan­ning Ta­tum, Stephen Dorff and Gio­vanni Ribisi. Mann worked on the screen­play with Ann Bi­der­man and Ir­ish writer Ro­nan Ben­nett.

In 1934, the FBI killed Dillinger when he emerged from the Biograph cin­ema in Chicago, where he had been watch­ing Man­hat­tan Melo­drama, a crime movie.

Stars are act­ing, al­ways act­ing

Do some ac­tors never stop work­ing? Three movies fea­tur­ing Philip Sey­mour Hoff­man opened here within the first five weeks of 2008: Char­lie Wil­son’s War, Be­fore the Devil Knows You’re Dead and The Sav­ages.

Jack Black, seen last month in Walk Hard (in a cameo as Paul McCart­ney), stars in Be Kind Rewind, re­leased to­day (see re­view, page 11), and in Mar­got at the Wed­ding, due out next Fri­day.

Belfast na­tive Ciaran Hinds fea­tures in Mar­got as well as in There Will Be Blood, which also opens next Fri­day. A week later comes In Bruges, in which Hinds has a cameo, and he turns up for a fourth time in the April re­lease Stop-Loss, which stars Ryan Phillippe.

Cil­lian Mur­phy:

split per­son­al­ity

Johnny Depp will play Pub­lic En­emy No 1 John Dillinger

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