Marvel and 20th Century Fox are pulling out all the stops when it comes to this summer's Fantastic Four: Rise of The Silver Surfer. First they put legal tender featuring the Silver Surfer into circulation. Now they are going to drop twenty world-class skydivers into the Coca-Cola 600 NASCAR Nextel Cup Series race.
Here is the press release they sent out:
A team of 20 world-class skydivers and a world champion sky surfer will execute a spectacular aerial stunt at Sunday's Coca-Cola 600 NASCAR Nextel Cup Series race at Lowe's Motor Speedway. The pre-race stunt will promote the upcoming motion picture Fantastic Four: Rise of The Silver Surfer and will be attended by all four of the film's principal stars.
The one-of-a-kind event - which will be witnessed live by 180,000 racing fans as well as Fantastic Four: Rise of The Silver Surfer stars Ioan Gruffudd, Jessica Alba, Chris Evans and Michael Chiklis - will be part of the NASCAR special televised pre-race show on Fox Sports (5p.m. ET).
The stunt begins at 13,000 feet, as the 20 skydivers in flaming orange jumpsuits create a freefall formation of the numeral 4. Then, the beloved comic book icon, the Silver Surfer, as enacted by world champion sky surfer Oliver Furrer, will surf the sky at 125 miles per hour, smoke trailing from his silver board, and break through the 4 formation.
A freefall video crew will capture all the action from this one-of-a-kind stunt. The video feed from two additional sky diving cameramen will be transmitted live on NextelVision JumboTrons at track and broadcast along with interviews with the film's cast members, who are serving as honorary race officials. The Fantastic Four: Rise of The Silver Surfer cast also will be taking part in various activities around the track prior to the main event.
"This one-of-a-kind event continues the long-standing tradition of exciting pre-race entertainment for the Coca-Cola 600," said Jerry Gappens, senior vice president of events and marketing for Lowe's Motor Speedway. "Our fans and a worldwide television audience are in for a fantastic pre-race show."
In Fantastic Four: Rise of The Silver Surfer, the first family of superheroes meets their greatest challenge yet, when the enigmatic, intergalactic harbinger of doom, the Silver Surfer, comes to Earth to prepare it for destruction. As he races around the globe wreaking havoc, Reed (Ioan Gruffudd), Sue (Jessica Alba), Johnny (Chris Evans) and Ben (Michael Chiklis) must muster all their powers to battle the forces of evil before all hope is lost.
Fantastic Four: Rise of The Silver Surfer, opening in theaters everywhere June 15, is the second installment of the live-action film series based on what fans around the globe know as "The World's Greatest Comic Magazine." Fantastic Four, directed by Tim Story and released in the summer of 2005, had a worldwide theatrical gross of $330 million and became one of Twentieth Century Fox's most successful DVD titles ever.
Tickets for the Coca-Cola 600 at Lowe's Motor Speedway are available online at LowesMotorSpeedway.com or via phone at: 1-800-455-FANS (3267).