The Slumdog Millionaire director has unveiled plans to include real grass, soil and live animals in the grand spectacular which will kick off the international sporting event next month (Jul12).
To ensure his three-hour Isles of Wonder ceremony is quintessentially British, Boyle has even dreamed up clouds to sprinkle ‘rain’ on spectators at the Olympic Stadium.
Boyle says, “The ceremony is an attempt to capture a picture of ourselves as a nation, where we have come from and where we want to be. The best part of telling that story has been working with our 10,000 volunteers.”
Along with the thousands of volunteer performers, the filmmaker will also include 12 horses, 10 chickens, 70 sheep and nine geese when he transforms the arena into a “British meadow”.