Stephen Hawking could be star of Paralympic ceremony
Professor Stephen Hawking could be set to be one of the stars involved in the opening ceremony of the London 2012 Paralympic Games.
The Big Bang Theory scientist is severely disabled as a result of motor neurone disease and has played a key part in the development of science across the world.
An unnamed source told the Daily Mirror: "Stephen has never let his disability stop him pursuing his dreams, so it feels right that he will be part of the opening ceremony celebration.
"He is one the greatest minds that Britain has ever produced, and organisers are thrilled that he has been included."
It is unclear whether Hawking will appear in the Olympic Stadium or on the big screen but his distinctive computer voice has been heard during rehearsals.
The opening ceremony, called Enlightenment, begins at 8.30pm on August 29th and the Games are set to be the most popular yet with many of the events already selling out. However, people staying in central London hotels should be aware that there are still some seats available for both the opening and closing ceremonies.
Organisers have already confirmed that the show will begin with a flypast by Aerobility, a charity that trains disabled people to become pilots and that more than 3,000 people will be involved in the performance.
The ceremony has been put together by artistic directors Bradley Hemmings and Jenny Sealey.
Hemmings explained: "Jenny and I want our ceremony to be both spectacular and deeply human at the same time.
"Having worked together in outdoor theatre over a number of years we're determined that the ceremony should speak from the heart, whilst rising to the emotional and historic occasion of the homecoming of the Paralympic Games."