Paul McCartney To Play Olympics Opening Ceremony

The former Beatle will close the 2012 London Olympics opening ceremony on July 27.

Johnny Firecloudby Johnny Firecloud

We've been hearing for quite some time that former Beatle Paul McCartney was in talks to play a role in the 2012 Olympic ceremony celebrations. On Monday, the iconic rocker confirmed: "I've been booked."

Macca told BBC radio station 5 Live that he would be "closing the opening" of the games. The 69 year-old – who starred at the Queen's Diamond Jubilee concert on Monday night – has been in talks about taking part since January. He has now been scheduled to close the opening ceremony.

An event as big as this certainly requires star caliber on the same level. Nevertheless, the legendary performer admitted that "on certain occasions" he still gets nerves before performing. One might imagine that this would be such an occasion.

A total cast of 15,000 will take part in the Olympic and Paralympic opening and closing ceremonies, which will be watched by an estimated worldwide audience of four billion people. The full lineup of the opening ceremony performers, set for July 27, has yet to be announced. It will be overseen by Slumdog Millionaire director Danny Boyle and themed "Isles of Wonder".

The Olympic Games take place July 27 to Aug. 12.