|Irish actor Liam Neeson poses for photographs at a photo call for 'The War of the Worlds' at a central London venue, Friday, Nov. 18, 2011. (AP Photo/Jonathan Short)|
Liam Neeson to narrate 'War of the Worlds' musical
LONDON—Liam Neeson is to have an out-of-body experience in an out-of-this world tale.
The actor is slated to narrate a touring musical version of "War of the Worlds," appearing onstage as a hologram.
The musical is adapted from composer Jeff Wayne's 1978 album, which featured the late Richard Burton narrating the tale of a Martian invasion based on H.G. Wells' novel.
Wayne plans to release a new version with updated music next year, followed by a British arena tour starting in December 2012.
Neeson said Friday he was flattered to be offered the role, because "I loved Richard Burton and I loved his voice." -- but said he wouldn't be imitating the Welsh star's tones.
He said "I had to put that aside and focus on the text."