Lena Headey Voices Audiobook for 'Low Down,' Stars in Movie, Too

Wednesday, 04 Dec 2013 07:07 PM

By Ken Mandel

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Lena Headey is lending her voice to the audiobook "Low Down: Junk, Jazz, and Other Fairy Tales From Childhood," on which her upcoming movie "Low Down" is based.

The actress, also known for her role on HBO's "Game of Thrones," is portraying Sheila Albany, the wife of esteemed American modern jazz pianist Joe Albany. The movie is based on the memoir of Albany's daughter, A.J. Albany, which was first published in 2003. The audio version was released Tuesday.

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Elle Fanning stars in the film as Amy "A.J." Albany, with Headey as her mother, and John Hawkes as Joe Albany. Hawkes is also featured in an HBO show, as Dustin Powers in "Eastbound & Down." Fanning, the younger sister of Dakota Fanning, was also seen in the 2011 Steven Spielberg film' "Super 8."

"Low Down" is scheduled for release in 2014.

Headey joins a growing network of actors who earn income reading audio books, including Colin Firth (Graham Greene's "The End of the Affair"), Anne Hathaway (L. Frank Baum's "The Wonderful Wizard of Oz") and Claire Danes (Margaret Atwood's "The Handmaid's Tale.")

In general, sales of audiobooks have risen by double digits annually in recent years, according to The New York Times. A recent industry group survey showed that revenue grew 22 percent in 2012 from 2011.

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