Johnny Depp to Replace Heath Ledger
Thu, 24 January 2008 at 6:27 pm
Johnny Depp is poised to replace tragic Heath Ledger in his latest film role, reports UK’s The Sun.
Heath, who was found dead Tuesday in New York, was six weeks away from finishing fantasy flick The Imaginarium of Doctor Parnassus.
Now director Terry Gilliman wants his pal Johnny to film the remaining scenes.
A studio source said: “There is a point in the film when Heath falls through a magic mirror. He could change into another character after that and that is where Johnny would come in.
“It’s a weird, fantasy, time-travel movie so Heath’s character could easily change appearance. It would be a poignant moment.
“Johnny’s not working at the moment so everyone is praying he will do it.”
Am I allowed to say that I’m still quite depressed by Heath Ledger’s early demise? Because I am. And much as I love Johnny Depp to bits, I just find it sort of weird that they’re already deciding Heath’s replacement when he hasn’t been dead a week.
I haven’t watched much TV for the past few days so I’m not sure how the coverage of Heath’s death has been. I hope it won’t descend to the exploitative level of coverage a la Anna Nicole Smith.