Actor and director, Andy Serkis, of the famed “Lord of the Rings” and the “The Hobbit” movies will raise fund for the UK’s National Health Service (NHS), said a CNN report.
Serkis is scheduled to will read the entire J.R.R. Tolkien novel “The Hobbit” out loud in one marathon sitting on Friday to raise money for charities.
Serkis, who is best known for playing the cave-dwelling Gollum in the film adaptations of Tolkien’s books “The Hobbit” and “Lord of the Rings” will start the reading at 10 a.m. BST (5 a.m. ET), he announced on Twitter Thursday.
He invited fans to join him on “one of the greatest fantasy adventures ever written.”
The reading is expected to last for 12 hours.
The actor is asking fans to donate to the “Hobbitathon” appeal on his GoFundMe page, which is raising money for Best Beginnings, a charity that supports families with young children, and NHS Charities Together, which raises funds for UK hospitals, said the report.
Serkis becomes the latest celebrity to read to fans while millions are staying at home during the coronavirus pandemic.
The actor has also played roles in the movie franchises of “The Planet of the Apes” and “Star Wars.”