Kaisers star to battle men from Mars

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I predict a Tripod ... Kaiser Chiefs star Ricky Wilson is to join the stage show of War Of The Worlds.

The singer will join the cast of the touring musical as The Artilleryman, a role made famous on the original album by David Essex.

West End star Kerry Ellis is also joining the show – The War Of The Worlds: The New Generation – which will visit UK arenas later this year and is based on the hit album created by Jeff Wayne in the late 1970s and later adapted for the stage.

It will be the first stage role for Wilson beyond his band, whose hits include I Predict A Riot and Ruby. By coincidence they released a single called Man On Mars last year.

Ellis has starred in We Will Rock You and Wicked, as well as releasing an album with Queen guitarist Brian May.

Liam Neeson will take the narrator role originally created by the late Richard Burton. Neeson will appear as a 3D hologram in the show, based on HG Wells’s story.

Further members of the cast will be announced in coming weeks.