Australian movie based on the novel of the same name by screenwriter Luke Davies. Heath takes on another controversial role as junkie Dan, with co-stars Abbie Cornish as Candy, and the fabulous Geoffrey Rush as Casper. In his tribute to Heath, Director Neil Armfield reports that he and Heath got off to a rather wobbly start, coming as they were from completely different directions and with very different ideas about how to play a scene. Heath also told Armfield and Davies that it was a great script, but it had way too many words. The director eventually conceded that the actor was right, and the early takes in which Heath did it his way were the ones that got used. Fabulous film, but the subject matter makes it difficult to watch.
I’m Not There (2007)
Weird Bob Dylan biopic also featuring another brilliant Australian actor, Cate Blanchett, who is currently in line for an Oscar for this. Heath is exceptionally cool as a character who plays a character who plays Bob. Or something like that.
Batman: The Dark Knight – due for release July 2008
However it turns out, this remains the last film that Heath ever wrapped, and will be watched for that reason alone. The director noted that Heath’s character, The Joker, rides a skateboard, and lo and behold, all the young crew suddenly started turning up on set with their skateboards, although if they’d been asked why, they probably wouldn’t have had a clue. That’s star-quality charisma for you.
The Imaginarium of Doctor Parnassus (in production)
We may or may not ever get to see this, as Heath was in the middle of filming when he died. There have been rumours that the movie will be shut down, that they will use computer animation, that another actor will complete Heath’s role. My first instinct on hearing all this was that the idea of a CGI Heath Ledger walking around onscreen was just too, too much. But then again, Heath was such an out there, edgy, innovative actor, maybe he might even have enjoyed the idea.