Terry Gilliam’s The Imaginarium of Doctor Parnassus has a new trailer out in wide release. It looks pretty similar to what was released at Comic-Con a few weeks ago, but spliced together a bit differently in the traditional minute and a half trailer format. It’s a bit more rushed than the previous footage which ran more like three minutes or so, but manages to get all the star’s names for us, although we get less of a sense of the story and characters than we did previously. It gets the basics though: crazy Gilliam surreal effects, Doc Parnassus (Christopher Plummer) makes a deal with the Devil (Tom Waits) to live forever with the catch that the Devil gets any children of the good Doctor when they turn sixteen. Parnassus has a daughter, the Devil comes to collect, but offers a double or nothing bet hinging on which of them can steal five souls first. Gilliamness ensues. This trailer seems to hang the plot far more on Tom (Heath Ledger) than previous footage: “now a mysterious outsider will…”
Gilliam insisted at Comic Con that while Ledger was instrumental in getting the film made and was wonderful to work with, they’ve tried really hard not to obfuscate the fact that his character is not the main character of the film. Well, seething contempt for PR aside, you can’t really blame them for emphasizing: “HEATH LEDGER’S LAST FILM, RIGHT HERE!!!!” Ah, we snark because we love, the film still looks good.