Giancarlo Esposito-Narrated Film to Open Rio Olympics on NBC (Exclusive Preview)

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Watch an exclusive preview of the short film, narrated by the Emmy-nominated 'Breaking Bad' star, that will kickoff Friday's opening ceremony.

NBC is kicking off its coverage of the 2016 Rio Olympics with a short film celebrating the 11,000 athletes and 207 nations competing in the Summer Games titled The Most Beautiful Things in the World.

Narrated by Breaking Bad alum Giancarlo Esposito, the five-minute video will precede the opening ceremony of the XXXI Olympic Games, which will take place at the Maracana Stadium in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, on Friday and will air at 7:30 p.m. ET/PT on NBC.

“I am honored to be the narrator of this beautiful film kicking off the Games of the XXXI Olympiad,” Esposito said in a statement to The Hollywood Reporter. “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.”

THR has an exclusive preview of the short film, which highlights the world's athletes and shines a spotlight on Rio and Brazil. More than 25 Olympians — including Michael Phelps, Kerri Walsh Jennings, Usain Bolt and Serena Williams — are featured.

“There’s no better way to begin our primetime coverage of the Rio Olympics than with this invigorating and colorful portrait of Brazil and the world’s greatest athletes,” Mark Levy, senior vp original production and creative for NBC Sports Group and a co-producer of the film, said in a statement. “Giancarlo’s interpretation of the narrative is the perfect guide to take viewers through this inspiring look at Rio, and the journey of so many of the athletes that viewers will be watching over the next 17 days.”

Esposito follows a host of actors and who have narrated previous NBC Olympics openers, including James Earl Jones, Ewan McGregor, Emily Blunt and Peter Dinklage.

Watch two previews of The Most Beautiful Things in the World — which was filmed and produced over 18 months — below.

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