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Liam Neeson To Narrate 'War Of The Worlds' Musical

11/18/11 11:47 AM ET EST  AP

U.S musician Jeff Wayne, left, and Irish actor Liam Neeson, right, pose for photographs at a photo call for 'The War of the Worlds' at a central London venue, Friday, Nov. 18, 2011. (AP Photo/Jonathan Short)

LONDON — Liam Neeson is to have an out-of-body experience in an out-of-this world tale.

The actor is slated to narrate a touring musical version of "War of the Worlds," appearing onstage as a hologram.

The musical is adapted from composer Jeff Wayne's 1978 album, which featured the late Richard Burton narrating the tale of a Martian invasion based on H.G. Wells' novel.

Wayne plans to release a new version with updated music next year, followed by a British arena tour starting in December 2012.

Neeson said Friday he was flattered to be offered the role, because "I loved Richard Burton and I loved his voice." – but said he wouldn't be imitating the Welsh star's tones.

He said "I had to put that aside and focus on the text."

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