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Liam Neeson was flattered to be offered the role

Liam Neeson was flattered to be offered the role

Liam Neeson was flattered to be offered the role

Liam Neeson is to take over from the late Richard Burton as narrator of the stage version of hit musical The War of The Worlds.

The Star Wars actor will appear as a full-body 3D hologram during the show which will begin an arena tour in a year's time.

But he confessed that when he listens back to the recording of his role as journalist George Herbert, he still hears the voice of Burton in his mind.

Welsh star Burton took the narrating role on the famous War Of The Worlds album created by composer Jeff Wayne in 1978. And his recordings were used when the production was first adapted to the stage.

Irish actor Liam - also the voice of Aslan in the Chronicles Of Narnia films - said: "I can still hear his voice now."

He added: "I was very flattered to be offered the role. I loved Richard Burton and I loved his voice."

But he insisted that he had not tried to simply emulate his predecessor while re-enacting the role.

"No, I had to put that aside and focus on the text and listen to Jeff and the director. That would have been suicide."

Jeff has produced a new interpretation of his original album, based on HG Wells's classic science fiction tale of aliens invading earth, bringing the music up to date with the technology in the live show.

He said: "We've tightened up the grooves, we've added to it, without taking away from the main compositions, and there's a new context for the singing and acting and some new ingredients."

PA