Christopher Plummer as Doctor Parnassus

The highly anticipated last film of Heath Ledger will finally get a stateside release. According to FirstShowing, Sony Pictures Classics has acquired The Imaginarium of Doctor Parnassus and will distribute it domestically. For months, rumors have been circulating about when the film will hit theaters, with the most recent theory pointing towards this December.

More on Doctor Parnassus after the jump…

The Imaginarium of Doctor Parnassus centers on the mystical Doctor and his troupe of carnies who travel from location to location. He inspires and provokes people to use thier imaginations to their fullest potential, with the help of a magical mirror which allows them to travel through time and space. The film stars Christopher Plummer, Lily Cole, and features Johnny Depp, Jude Law, and Colin Farrell as Ledger’s replacement’s in the role of Tony.

I think its more than convenient that December is being discussed for the release of this film. The holiday season is always a great time to get in with Academy voters. Remember, the gentle treatment that last year’s Benjamin Button received? I’m not saying the studio would use this as a means to get Ledger another Oscar, but it could be a nice platform for director Terry Gilliam. If you’ve seen the trailer, you know this film is visually stunning. He does a great job with it. Whether or not the industry notices that, is up for debate.

Will you go see Doctor Parnassus in theaters?