Los Angeles, CA, USA — MacGillivray Freeman Films (MFF) has announced that two-time Golden Globe nominee, Ewan McGregor, will narrate Humpback Whales, an underwater 3D adventure documentary for IMAX and other giant-screen theaters directed by two-time Academy Award-nominated filmmaker Greg MacGillivray (The Living Sea, Dolphins, Everest). The film, presented in association with Pacific Life, will be released beginning February 13th, 2015.
Legendary documentary filmmakers, MacGillivray Freeman Films, bring their exhilarating giant-screen storytelling to one of the most enormous and vastly fascinating creatures on earth in Humpback Whales – an immersive ocean adventure that invites audiences to dive first-hand into the mysterious realm of these 55-foot, 50-ton aquatic mammals. In a splashing, gliding, musical mix of 3D imagery, underwater splendor and scientific exploration, the film asks the compelling question: what might life be like from a humpback’s point of view. Once feared as monsters, and very nearly hunted to extinction, today humpbacks are in the midst of a slow but remarkable recovery.
Humpback Whales marks the prolific large-format film company’s first entertainment-focused film exclusively on whales. The MacGillivray Freeman Films team took it as an occasion to apply all of their cumulative cinematic experience to the telling of one of the most compelling wildlife stories of our time: how humpbacks were brought back from the brink of destruction to set off a new wave of scientific discovery and human fascination with their one-of-a-kind, gargantuan beauty.
“We are thrilled to have Ewan McGregor narrate Humpback Whales,” says Director Greg MacGillivray. “He is a tremendous talent and his passionate narration will help to bring the audience on this incredible immersive journey with these complex and astounding creatures. We hope the film excites and inspires people to better understand the humpback whale, as this mammal is critical to the ecological health and survival of the ocean.”
“We are proud to be part of bringing this film to life and helping to educate the public about these truly amazing animals,” said Tennyson Oyler, Vice President of Brand Management & Public Affairs for Pacific Life. “Our partnership with Humpback Whales helps showcase that the whale is more than just a company logo for us. It demonstrates our ongoing commitment to the future.”
Often hailed as one of the finest actors of his generation, Ewan McGregor consistently captivates audiences with a diverse line-up of roles across a multitude of genres, styles and scope. From his breakthrough role as the heroin-addicted Mark Renton in Irvine Welsh’s Trainspotting, to the legendary “Obi-Wan Kenobi” in Star Wars Episode I: The Phanton Menace, to starring as “Christian” opposite Nicole Kidman in the Oscar and BAFTA award-winning musical Moulin Rouge, McGregor’s career has been highlighted by a continuous string of bold and daring performances. McGregor can currently be seen on stage, making his Broadway debut as “Henry” in Tom Stoppard’s Tony® Award-winning play “The Real Thing,” directed by Sam Gold, opposite Maggie Gyllenhaal. The play opened on October 30, 2014 and will run until January 4th, 2015 at the American Airlines Theatre in New York.
McGregor’s upcoming film roles include Mortdecai the film adaptation of Kyril Bonfiglioli’s book “The Great Mortdecai Moustache Mystery,” opposite Johnny Depp. Lionsgate is set to release the film on January 23rd, 2015. He is upcoming in Rodrigo Garcia’s Last Days in the Desert which is set to premiere at the Sundance Film Festival in January. He will also star in Gavin O’Connor’s Jane Got a Gun, out September 4, 2015, where he plays the leader of an outlaw gang. The film also stars Natalie Portman and Joel Edgerton. Among McGregor’s additional upcoming film roles are the action crime-drama Son of a Gun where he plays a notorious criminal who has escaped from prison, and the political thriller Our Kind of Traitor opposite Stellan Skarsgard as well as Don Cheadle’s Miles Davis biopic. McGregor is a devoted and influential philanthropist, and serves as a Goodwill Ambassador for UNICEF UK, a non-profit organization dedicated to providing long-term humanitarian and developmental assistance to children and mothers in developing countries.