From the ocean depths to the African plains via the edge of an active volcano and the perilous side of a glacier, Will Smith gets up close and personal with the living planet in the new natural history blockbuster Welcome to Earth. The National Geographic series on Disney+ takes blue-chip wildlife documentaries to another level. The six-part original series follows two-time Oscar nominee Smith on a once-in-a-lifetime adventure to explore the world’s greatest wonders and reveal its most hidden secrets.
The series is executive produced by Academy Award®-nominated filmmaker Darren Aronofsky, Protozoa Pictures, Jane Root’s Nutopia and Westbrook Studios. The scale of the orchestration required to capture the intimate and the spectacular on location was an enterprise closer to a large drama shoot in its scale and ambition.
“It would be very easy to make Will a presenter, but we wanted to give him the real experience and have him absolutely live that experience,” says BAFTA-winning director and Nutopia showrunner Graham Booth. “We didn’t want a performance. We wanted the true, flowing journey, not just a series of scenes with set lines to say. He’s reacting exactly as you would when faced with a huge shark, an extreme cliff edge, or a terrifying rapid.”