Ryan Reynolds has signed on to narrate the 2019 documentary, Great Bear Rainforest. The documentary was shot in Canada’s Great Bear Rainforest and will open in IMAX and giant screen theaters on February 15, 2019.
“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,” said 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.”
Great Bear Rainforest was directed by Ian McAllister who has an intimate knowledge of the area after working in the Great Bear Rainforest for three decades. The film’s a Spirit Bear Entertainment production and was executive produced by Kyle Washington and Byron Horner. Jeff Turner served as a producer. MacGillivray Freeman Films is on board as distributor.
“We can’t think of a more perfect fit for this project than Canadian actor Ryan Reynolds,” explained director Ian McAllister. “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.”
Oscar winner Hans Zimmer (The Lion King) is composing the film’s main title theme and Anže Rozman is composing the documentary’s score.
Commenting on his involvement, Hans Zimmer said, “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. 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,” stated Executive Producer Byron Horner.
“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.
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.”