Byron Horner, Executive Producer and President of Spirit Bear Entertainment and distributor MacGillivray Freeman Films, announced today that Canadian actor Ryan Reynolds has signed on to narrate Great Bear Rainforest, set in one of the planet’s most exquisite and secluded wildernesses.
Hidden from the outside world, Canada’s Great Bear Rainforest is home to an immense array of wildlife, including the fabled all-white spirit bear—the rarest bear on earth—and the indigenous First Nations, who have provided stewardship of the forest for millennia. Great Bear Rainforest is the first time this wildlife-rich world will be experienced in IMAX and giant screen theaters when it is released globally on February 15, 2019.
“We can’t think of a more perfect fit for this project than Canadian actor Ryan Reynolds,” says director Ian McAllister, who is also Canadian and has lived and worked in the Great Bear Rainforest for 30 years. “Ryan is a wonderful representative for the ongoing conservation of this globally significant rainforest which is part of his Canadian heritage and we are thrilled he will be our narrator.”
“I want my children to know there is still an area in this world that has remained wild, and will remain that way, because of the long history of stewardship shown by indigenous people,” says Ryan Reynolds. “I hope this film inspires the younger generation that there is hope for the future if we all work together and take care of our planet’s remaining wild places.”
The main title theme for the film will be composed by the legendary Academy Award-winning composer Hans Zimmer, with the score being composed by Anže Rozman for Bleeding Fingers Music, produced by Russell Emanuel.
“When I saw the footage that Ian McAllister and Byron Horner showed me of their film I could not help but be swept away by the spellbinding imagery of this truly remarkable place,” said Zimmer. “I was so moved by the beauty and grandness of this environment that I felt compelled to be involved on a deeper level and I am excited to be a part of the team.”
“Featuring three First Nations’ youth sharing in their own voices their intergenerational conservation efforts, the Great Bear Rainforest represents two firsts. This is the first giant screen film for IMAX theaters shot exclusively in British Columbia and the first to feature Indigenous Peoples in Canada,” shares executive producer Byron Horner.
Director Ian McAllister and producer Jeff Turner and their crews spent three years filming throughout the remote reaches of the Great Bear Rainforest. From the underwater ocean world, through the salmon river valleys to the ice-capped peaks of the Coast Mountains, their unprecedented close-up footage of the spirit bear, along with stunning shots of the forest’s coastal wolves, grizzlies, sea otters, humpback whales, sea lions, salmon and the annual herring spawn will thrill audiences who may not even know that such a world exists.
“When we first saw some initial footage of Great Bear Rainforest, we were absolutely captivated by the visuals and knew this was a story that must be told on the giant screen,” added Shaun MacGillivray, president of MacGillivray Freeman Films. “There is no more powerful format for showcasing the extraordinary beauty of this ancient rainforest.”