Andy Serkis, who played Gollum in the Lord of the Rings and Hobbit films, will read J.R.R. Tolkien’s The Hobbit for 12 hours to raise money for charities related to the coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic.
“So many of us are struggling in isolation during the lockdown,” Serkis said. “While times are tough, I want to take you on one of the greatest fantasy adventures ever written, a 12-hour armchair marathon across Middle earth whilst raising money for two amazing charities, which are doing extraordinary work right now to help those most in need.”
Serkis’ marathon will begin Friday, May 8 at 10 a.m. in the United Kingdom and he expects to finish the novel by 10 p.m. GMT that evening. All proceeds will go to NHS Charities Together, which aids the U.K.’s National Health Service, and Best Beginnings, which aids parents and young children.
In his video message, Serkis noted he’s using his time in quarantine to edit his next film, Venom: Let There Be Carnage.
Directed by Andy Serkis, Venom: Let There Be Carnage stars Tom Hardy, Woody Harrelson, Michelle Williams, Naomie Harris, Reid Scott and Stephen Graham. The film arrives in theaters June 25, 2021.
Andy Serkis is ready for a 12-hour reading of The Hobbit to raise money for charities struggling during the coronavirus pandemic.