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Published On: Fri, Jul 27th, 2012

Director Danny Boyle takes center stage with London Olympics opening ceremony

The famous British director Danny Boyle will be presenting his grandest creation Friday with the opening ceremony for the 2012 Olympincs in London.

Danny Boyle on the set of “Slumdog Millionaire” photo/Warner Bros

The “Slumdog Millionaire” director’s presentation, a personal vision of Britain titled The Isles of Wonder,  will be seen by approximately billion people who tune in for the three-hour, $42 million show. Reportedly the show star 10,000 adult volunteers and 900 children — not to mention 12 horses, 10 chickens, nine geese, three cows and a flock of sheep, complete with sheepdogs.

A billion people across the globe are expected to tune in for the three-hour, $42.4m show, featuring 10,000 adult volunteers and 900 children — not to mention 12 horses, 10 chickens, nine geese, three cows and a flock of sheep, complete with sheepdogs.

Inspired by Shakespeare’s The Tempest, the ceremony begins with what is called “an hour of culture” that will transition to the athletes parade – which, according to Boyle, will feature new recordings by electronic duo Underworld that will be used to “help dictate the pace” of the athletes.

Following the parade will be the lighting of the cauldron, and finally a fireworks display to close out the show.

The Telegraph quoted the “28 Days Later” director who is focusing on the volunteers.

“It has been a long road but we are almost there, and I am thinking about the volunteers. Directors really just sit at the back, but this is a live performance and they are the ones who have to go out there and do it.

“Any nervousness I feel is for them, and the excitement I feel I hope they share. I’m looking forward to it, it will never come round again, so it’s very exciting.”

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