London 2012 Olympic Games: Opening Ceremony Spoilers
The 2012 Summer Olympic Games in London are a mere three days away, and the Opening Ceremony will be aired on NBC on July 27, but if you just can't wait for the big extravaganza, we have a few SPOILERS for what you can expect on the day that the 2012 Olympics kick off.
While British director Danny Boyle, who will be directing the opening ceremonies, recently revealed that he tried to keep all of his grand plans a secret and play it close to the vest, he also acknowledges that doing so constituted a bit of a pipe dream. "Part of the modern world," he said, reports the Digital Spy, "means you can't really do that." So, in support of Boyle's sentiment, the spoilers start here:
The theme of the $42 million opening ceremony will be "Isles of Wonder," inspired by Shakespeare's The Tempest reports Yahoo Sports. It is rumored that Hollywood's foremost Shakespeare aficionado and consummate Brit, Kenneth Branagh, will deliver Caliban's famous speech from the play, according to the U.K.'s Evening Standard.
The opening sequence will also feature a James Bond-themed prerecorded segment with Daniel Craig as 007 that has reportedly been filmed inside Buckingham Palace and also showcases Queen Elizabeth II.
The lighting of the torch will be attended by some of the biggest names in the Olympic games — athletes from each country competing carrying their respective flags and waving them as they enter the games.
And what would any Olympics opening ceremony be without a spattering of celebrity faces and performances? U.S. first lady Michelle Obama and her daughters will be attending the momentous occasion and are expected to get a good deal of camera time, reports the Chicago Tribune, as will the performers dressed as characters from classic fantasies like Alice in Wonderland, Peter Pan, Mary Poppins and even Harry Potter. Romantic poet William Blake's "Jerusalem" will be read, set to music, and the final act is rumored to be a sing-along performance of "Hey Jude" by former Beatle Paul McCartney, reports the Washington Post Sports.
Of course, amid all the glitz, glamor and fanfare, Boyle, who directed such iconic hits as Slumdog Millionaire, 28 Days Later, Trainspotting and 127 Hours, wants to make it clear that the opening ceremonies are just a chance to have a bit of fun, not to deflect attention from the spirit of the Summer Olympic games — the athletes.
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