Reese Witherspoon will narrate 'Go Set a Watchman' audiobook

'As a Southerner, it is an honor and privilege to give voice to the Southern characters who inspired my childhood love of reading, Scout and Atticus Finch,' the 'Wild' actress said in a statement.

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Reese Witherspoon arrives at the 50th Annual Academy of Country Music Awards.

Actress Reese Witherspoon will soon be bringing to life some of the most beloved characters ever created.

The “Wild” actress will be narrating the audiobook for Harper Lee’s upcoming novel “Go Set a Watchman,” which catches up with the characters of “To Kill a Mockingbird” years later.

“As a Southerner, it is an honor and privilege to give voice to the Southern characters who inspired my childhood love of reading, Scout and Atticus Finch," Witherspoon said in a statement. "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.”

The audiobook will be released at the same time as the print version of “Watchman” – both will come out this July.

Witherspoon won a Best Actress Oscar for her work in the 2005 movie “Walk the Line” and was nominated for the same prize for her work in “Wild.” Her recent movie appearances include other literary adaptations like “Inherent Vice” and “Water for Elephants.”

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