Actress Reese Witherspoon is set to voice the audio version of Harper Lee's much-anticipated To Kill A Mockingbird sequel.
The acclaimed author is due to release her second book, Go Set a Watchman, in July (15), 55 years after making her debut as a novelist.
Witherspoon, who was born in New Orleans, Louisiana, spoke of her joy at being involved in the project because the story is rooted in the Deep South.
The Oscar-winning star tells USA Today, "As a Southerner, it is an honour and privilege to give voice to the Southern characters who inspired my childhood love of reading, Scout and Atticus Finch. I am eager for readers to be transported to a pivotal time in American history in the manner that only Harper Lee's gorgeous prose can deliver."
A spokesperson for publisher HarperAudio adds, "The publication of Harper Lee's Go Set a Watchman is the literary event of the year, and Reese Witherspoon's extraordinary talent and Southern roots make her the perfect narrator."
The actress is set to hit the recording studio this month (Apr15) ahead of the release of the unabridged audio version of the book on 14 July (15).