Some of the biggest stars in Hollywood are now finding a way to update some of their own favorite literature, and it simply has to do with lending their voices.
For their new line of upcoming audiobooks, Audible.com has announced that some of the following celebrities have offered up their voices to bring new life to some books that many mainstream audiences have abandoned over the years. For example, Nicole Kidman (who played Virginia Woolf in “The Hours”) will be reading the Woolf classic To the Lighthouse, while Kim Basinger is set to tackle the Kate Chopin classic The Awakening.
The first one of these new audiobooks will be released by the site early next year, and some of the other celebrities who are taking part include the likes of Samuel L. Jackson, Kate Winslet, Meg Ryan, Naomi Watts, Colin Firth, and Dustin Hoffman. There are a number of Oscar nominations and trophies within this list, and the ultimate goal here is that it leads to an increased awareness in classic literature beyond just adaptations for the big screen.
As for what some of these stars are up to when it comes to their acting work, you can see Kate Winslet in “Contagion,” which is currently in theaters. Meanwhile, Hathaway has been busy shooting “The Dark Knight Rises” for much of the past several months.