He scared the bejeezus out of us on Breaking Bad and is about to lay it down in Netflix’s Baz Luhrmann series The Get Down, but Giancarlo Esposito’s going for gold tomorrow as the voice of NBC’s Rio Olympics opening film. Joining the Olympics narration company of James Earl Jones, Andre Braugher, Ewan McGregor, Emily Blunt and Game Of Thrones’ Peter Dinklage, the Emmy nominee vocal tones will be one of the first things viewers hear on the Comcast-owned net’s primetime coverage of the 2016 opening ceremony on Friday.
Entitled The Most Beautiful Things In The World, the 5-minute film will focus on the sights, sounds, beauty and vibe of the Brazilian metropolis and the around 11,000 Olympians and 206 nations plus a team of refugees from different countries who are officially competing from August 5 to 21. Produced by 25-time Emmy winner and NBC Sports SVP, Original Production and Creative, Mark Levy plus NBC Sports’ Joe Gesue, Phil Parrish and Matt Allen, Beautiful Things will open NBC’s Matt Lauer, Meredith Vieira, and Hoda Kotb co-hosted Opening Ceremony coverage withwhile Bob Costas that kicks off at 7:30 PM ET on Friday with this “pathway to hope,” as Esposito tells us.
Over two dozen Olympians will be in the short, including 4-time gold medalist and Wimbledon champ Serena Williams, NBA legend and gold medalist Kevin Durant, 18-time gold medalist Michael Phelps, 4-time gold medalist Allyson Felix and 6-time gold medalist and the fastest man on Earth Usain Bolt. Here, take a sneak peek at the Aaron Cohen written pic and hear Esposito’s enthusiastic voice-over:
“There’s no better way to begin our primetime coverage of the Rio Olympics than with this invigorating and colorful portrait of Brazil and the world’s greatest athletes,” said Levy on Thursday. “Our opening film has become our signature presentation when we welcome the American audience to our coverage of the Olympics. Giancarlo’s interpretation of the narrative is the perfect guide to take viewers through this inspiring look at Rio, and the journey of so many of the athletes that viewers will be watching over the next 17 days.”
Well, with that, let’s have a look at Olympics past in another Beautiful Things clip:
Plagued by worries of the Zika virus, incomplete facilities, crime and safety issues and environmental and political concerns, the Rio Olympics actually started on August 2 with the women’s soccer tournament. Like past games in London and Beijing, the tape delayed Opening Ceremony and lighting of the Olympic torch will be the big show and the lift-off.