(LONDON) — Oscar-winning British director Danny Boyle wants to make the opening ceremony of the upcoming Summer Olympics in London as pleasant as possible.
Boyle, whose credits include Slumdog Millionaire and 127 Hours, is the artistic director for the ceremony, and on Tuesday he revealed what he has in store.
According to the U.K.’s The Guardian, the ceremony will recreate the English countryside and showcase a “green and pleasant land.” Olympic Stadium will have real grass and real soil — not to mention 70 sheep, 12 horses, 10 chickens and an assortment of other live animals.
Boyle’s vision also includes a cricket team, mosh pits representing the country’s famous Glastonbury music festival, and even clouds that will manufacture “rain” in case the real stuff doesn’t come down from the skies on the night of the opening ceremony.
The opening ceremony will cost 27 million British pounds or $42 million.
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