Barack Obama‘s post-presidential career just got interesting!
The former president of the United States of America shows off his TV talents as the narrator of Netflix’s new wildlife docuseries, as seen in the released trailer.
The 60-year-old politician is set to host and narrate the upcoming series, “Our Great National Parks,” which, as the name depicts, would feature some of the world’s most famous wildlife sanctuaries.
Barack Obama To Narrate Netflix’s National Parks Docuseries
On March 15, Netflix released the official trailer for the forthcoming five-part documentary series that explored the fantastic animals found within known national parks and wild spaces.
The over two-minute clip was dropped on the organization’s YouTube account, and the brief video captured Obama narrating the breathtaking wildlife scenes shown on the screen. The former president’s opening lines were:
“A fish that can walk, surfing hippos that want to catch the waves, species found nowhere else on earth. Join me in the celebration of our planet’s greatest national parks and wilderness.”
As the father-of-two discussed the importance of these protected spaces, the footage showed numerous species such as birds, insects, sloths, crocodiles, lemurs, llamas, elephants, whales, turtles, and more.
These fascinating creatures were captured interacting in unique habitats from lush green forests to deserts, savannas, wetlands, mountains, and even the ocean.
Regarding these intriguing wildlife, the Democrat stated that “around the world, the more isolated the national park, the more unusual its creatures, and the more extraordinary their behaviors.”
The 44th US president explained that no one realized that the sanctuaries would become a “hotbed” for scientific purposes when humans began protecting these places.
The author of “A Promised Land” emphasized that these National Parks were crucial to the survival of endangered species and human well-being.
According to him, researching the micro kingdom living inside the fur of a sleepy sloth depicted in the clip could help fight against diseases such as “malaria, cancer, and antibiotic-resistant superbugs.”
The politician concluded his narration with the words, “this is a journey through the natural wonders of our shared birthright,” followed by ending credits that revealed the docuseries would premiere on April 13.
As shared by PEOPLE, the 60-year-old served as an executive producer of the Netflix project based on the former president’s deal with the streaming platform.
This agreement was made during Obama’s two terms in office, and it involved establishing and expanding protection “for more than 550 million acres of public lands and waters in the US.”
Each hour-long episode of the upcoming documentary shall feature different parks, including “in the waters of Monterey Bay, California, Kenya’s Tsavo National Park, Indonesia’s Gunung Leuser National Park, and the Chilean Patagonia.”
The Former Illinois State Senator’s Production Company Previously Joined Hands With Netflix
According to the streaming platform’s statement, one of the Higher Ground Productions projects included developing a movie adaptation of Mohsin Hamid’s novel “Exit West.”
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The British-Pakistani author’s novel detailed the story of a young couple who discovered magical doors that could transport them to various places during a global refugee crisis.
The Obamas’ production company also planned to produce a science-fiction movie called “Satellite,” co-produced with “Star Wars” director Rian Johnson and producer Ram Bergman’s T Street company.
Other movie projects included “Tenzing,” a story about a Nepalese-Indian man who became the first person to reach the summit of Mount Everest alongside Sir Edmund Hillary of New Zealand.
The film “Young Wife” followed a woman’s journey on her wedding day, who felt out of place as a storm approached.
The former president and first lady’s company also planned on developing two TV series. The first show, “Firekeeper’s Daughter,” was based on the thriller novel written by Angeline Boulley.
The plot was centered around an 18-year-old girl from the Ojibwe tribe who was forced to go undercover for a police investigation.
The second series, “Our Great National Parks,” explores various national parks and their protected wildlife. These six projects from the Higher Ground Productions will be released on Netflix over the next few years.
However, no specific date was given for the films’ release. The Obamas’ last Netflix project, “American Factory,” won the best documentary Oscar in 2020.