Liam Neeson War Of The Worlds – Liam Neeson will be narrating ‘War Of The Worlds’ in 2012. He will take over the role of narrator in an updated live touring version of the massively bestselling 1978 prog rock album.
During “Jeff Wayne’s Musical Version of The War of the Worlds,” Neeson won’t actually be standing onstage alongside the other performers, he’ll be a life-size hologram.
The late Richard Burton provided the voice for the album and for the stage show that’s been touring off-and-on since 2006. But Burton, who died in 1984, has been represented in the show by animated projections and look-alike actors who had Burton’s face projected onto them. Liam will record his own version of the narration, but will remain as a hologram.
During a press conference in England on Friday to announce the new tour, titled “The New Generation,” Wayne described the more technically ambitious revamp of the show, which will debut in November 2012.
In addition to a 100-foot CGI animation wall, the new tour will also feature a Martian fighting machine that fires real flames at the audience.
Neeson recorded the new narration over three days in April. He will appear three ways during the live production: as a full-body hologram interacting with actors on stage, as an 11-foot-high holographic head and shoulders projected above the stage, and as a performer interacting with CGI special effects on the animation wall. The other performers and the 36-piece orchestra will appear live on stage.
The two-disc album is the 40th bestselling album in U.K. history. Wayne followed it up in 1992 with “Jeff Wayne’s Musical Version of Spartacus.” The new album featuring Liam’s narration and updated music will be released by Sony Music in June 2012.
The tour will hit the United States for the first time ever, following a run in England starting in December 2012.