'The Most Beautiful Things In The World' celebrates the athletes and nations participating in the games

By Oliver Gettell
Updated August 04, 2016 at 12:00 PM EDT
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Giancarlo Esposito is ready to let the games begin. The Breaking Bad star has lent his voice to the opening film for NBC’s primetime coverage of the 2016 Rio Olympics, the network announced Thursday.

Titled The Most Beautiful Things In The World, the five-minute film celebrates the 11,000 athletes and 207 nations competing in the games, while also highlighting the sights, sounds, and culture of Rio de Janeiro and Brazil.

Beautiful Things features more than 25 Olympians, including Michael Phelps, Kerri Walsh Jennings, Usain Bolt, Serena Williams, Kevin Durant, and Neymar.

“I am honored to be the narrator of this beautiful film kicking off the Games of the XXXI Olympiad,” Esposito said in a statement. “As a runner, I have always wanted to go to the Olympics. The splendor of the physical body in motion surging to reach its goal is magnificent! In my own way, I finally get to go to the Olympics.”

Previous narrators for NBC’s opening films include James Earl Jones, Ewan McGregor, Emily Blunt, and Peter Dinklage.

Opening ceremony coverage begins Friday at 7:30 p.m. ET.

Watch a clip from The Most Beautiful Things In The World above.