The use of holographic images has been becoming increasing popular in the past few years. In 2007 Prince Charles' holographic image appeared at World Future Energy Summit in Abu Dhabi. Bill Gates appeared as a 15.1 foot holographic image at the World Congress of Information in Kuala Lampur in 2008. Dead music idols, Tupac Shakur and Elvis Presley were given new virtual life in 2012. Also in 2012, The controversial Indian politician Narendra Modi used the holographic technology to make a speech in four Indian cities at the same time.
Holographic projections of celebrities are becoming more and more common. Now comes word that the image of Pope John Paul II will be projected during a musical stage play about the pontiff's life. That's right, new (virtual) life for the soon-to-be-sainted pope. The play will premier in Krakow, Poland on April 2, the anniversary of the death of the pope. Pope John Paul II will be canonized later in April on the twenty seventh.
Krakow to host world premiere of John Paul II musical
An Italian musical about Pope John Paul II will have its world premiere in Krakow on 2 April, marking the ninth anniversary of the Polish pontiff's death.
Karol Wojtyla: The True Story begins with a depiction of the assassination attempt on the pope on St. Peter's Square on 13 May 1981. However, the two-hour production will mainly deal with the future pontiff's rise to prominence in his native Poland.
“This is the story of the young Karol, his feelings, the war, his mother Emilia, his soldier father and his brother Edmund who he had to part with when he became a doctor,” revealed director Duccio Forzano. “It's about everything that shaped Wojtyla up until the point when he realised the path he wanted to take.”
The score has been written by Noa, an Israeli pop star who knew the late pontiff. Noa sang a rendition of Ave Maria for the pope in 1994. The pope will be played by three Italian actors, each representing a different phase in the pontiff's life.
3D technology will create a hologram of the pontiff on-stage, and archival footage will also be woven into the production.